Out­rage over Turk­ish pro­posal pro­tect­ing child mar­riage

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

IS­TAN­BUL: A Turk­ish gov­ern­ment pro­posal which would par­don some peo­ple im­pris­oned for statu­tory rape in the past decade has fallen short of pas­sage by leg­is­la­tors.

The pro­posal would de­fer sen­tenc­ing or pun­ish­ment for sex­ual as­sault in cases where there was no force and where the vic­tim and per­pe­tra­tor were mar­ried. Fol­low­ing the de­feat late Thurs­day, the gov­ern­ment is bring­ing the pro­posal back for con­sid­er­a­tion next week.

An ear­lier law, abol­ished in 2005, said there is no crime if the cou­ple marry. The pro­posed change in the law would ap­ply to cases be­tween 2005 and Nov. 16 or this year. Turkey’s rul­ing party, rooted in Turkey’s Is­lamic move­ment, says the pro­posal is meant to pro­tect those who were too young to marry legally. Another vote is sched­uled next week.—AP

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