Friday, January 24, 2020

Turkey could introduce new law allowing r.a.p.i.s.t.s to marry their underage victims

Turkey could introduce a new law allowing men to avoid prosecution if they marry girls they've r.a.p.e.d or had underage s.e.x with.

The "marry your rapist" bill is set to be introduced to parliament at the end of the month.

It has outraged women's rights campaigners who say the law will pave the way for child exploitation and legitimise child marriage and statutory r.a,p,e.

A similar bill failed in 2016 following international outrage.

The law would have pardoned men if they had s.e.x "without force or threat".

Turkey's opposition party, the Peoples' Democratic Party is calling for the bill to be axed.

Suad Abu-Dayyeh, a campaigner for Equality Now, told The Independent: "I applaud the brave work of women’s rights campaigners in Turkey who are taking a stand against this discriminatory bill and pushing back again regressive forces that are seeking to remove current legal protections for girls.

“Similar 'marry-your-rapist' legal provisions have been on the statute books of countries across the Middle East and North Africa.

"Thanks to years of campaigning by women’s rights activists and lawmakers, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Palestine have all removed these loopholes in recent years.

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