Turkey might pass a bill which would not punish men for child sex assault if they marry their victim. This has caused massive anger amongst opponents who are accusing the government for supporting Rape of minor with the suggestions.
The country’s association whose deputy chairman is the daughter of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan uttered fright over the move. This bill, if passed, will become another rape law that supports men over women or the victim.
The measures were accepted in an early parliamentary reading on Thursday and will be voted on again in a second debate in the coming days.
The law would allow the release from prison of men responsible of assaulting a minor if the act was committed without force, threat, or any other restriction on permission and if the attacker marries the victim. The legal age of consent in Turkey is 18 but child marriage is common, especially in the southeast.
Many protested the bill in central Istanbul, who teared the copies of the proposed legislation and waved slogans like “rape is a crime against humanity”.
“Until she is 18, a child remains a child, that is why this has to be condemned,” said protester Fadik Temizyurek.