Outrage erupts over proposed bill in Turkey to clear adults married to minors of sexual abuse charges
- The bill, approved after an initial reading and set for a second vote, would allow for the indefinite suspension of sentencing for sex “without force, threat, or any other restriction on consent” if the perpetrator marries the victim.
- Women’s rights, children’s rights, and other advocates were swift to condemn the proposed bill, which they argue effectively condones statutory rape and child marriage.
- Child marriage is illegal in Turkey, but non-civil religious marriages proliferate, particularly in the southeast of the country.
“Turkish ruling party sparks uproar with sexual abuse bill” (Reuters)
“Turkish bill to clear men of child sex assault if they marry their victims” (AFP via The Guardian)
“Turkey: Thousands protest against proposed child sex law” (BBC)
(Image Credit: Sedat Suna/EPA, via The Guardian)