A new law supposedly permitting men indicted of violating women under the age of 18 to evade punishment if they marry their victims is estimated to be discussed in the Turkish parliament.
Critics say the proposed law legitimises statutory rape, child marriage and allows child abuse and sexual exploitation to become rife.
A similar bill was presented to the Turkish parliament back in 2016, it had proposed the same for rape cases in which “force, threat, or any other restriction on consent” was not used. It was dropped by the ruling AKP government following global outrage.
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