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Turkey’s child marriage ‘reform’ sanctions rape in a man’s world

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reckons if a rapist marries his child victim his conviction will be revoked. The Dark Ages return.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Image: AP/Francois Mori)

Breaking news, meanwhile, from the Ottoman Empire…

Might as well be, as the formerly secular and progressively modernising Turkey continues its latter-day recidivist descent under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan towards 19th century social values, with the reemergence of an appalling proposed legal “reform”.

It’s so awful, I find it hard to describe. However, the government is promoting a bill which would overturn a man’s conviction for child sexual assault if he marries his victim. This was previously attempted by Erdogan in 2016 but withdrawn after a storm of protest. 

Read more about the shocking proposed bill.

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