Turkish MPs Support Bill That Frees Child Rapists if They Marry Their Victims

by Admin on November 21, 2016

Justice Minister denies that the bill legitimizes rape

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Turkish MP’s have supported a bill that gives child rapists a ‘get out of jail’ free card if they marry their victims.

Independent reports that the ruling, which was made by the Justice and Development Party (AKP), has unsurprisingly received heavy criticism from the public and opposition parties. They protested that the bill legitimized the act of raping of a child and would encourage it.

Supporters of the bill said that it was misinterpreted and that the bill is meant to solve legal complications that arise from child marriages.

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Should the law pass, any individual who rapes a child below the age of 18 can avoid a jail term if he simply marries the child.

There is trend in Muslim dominated countries for rape victims to be forced to marry their rapists.

However a report by Huffington Post indicated that “since 2000, five countries — Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Peru and Uruguay — have repealed or amended provisions that had allowed rapists to avoid punishment by marrying their victims.”

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