The highly controversial bill on sex between adults and children in Turkey, has been adopted in the first of two votes in Parliament.
Again, the criticism is about that the law will excuse rape of children.
According to the bill, anyone who has sex with a minor is no longer prosecuted if the sexual activity has been without "coercion, intimidation" or had "any other limitation of consent," as well as those involved must get married. The proposal, which comes from the ruling party AKP, is up in a second vote in the coming days, and is expected to pass. This means that Turkey does as several other Muslim countries and officially allows child marriages.
When the law was first discussed, it led to diplomatic tensions between Sweden and Turkey, following the statements of Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, who sharply criticised the proposal, reports SVT.
"Pardons those who rape children"
Now MP Özgür Özel from the opposition party CHP criticises the bill:
- AKP is pushing through a text that pardons those who marry the child they raped.
READ: Turkey legalizes pedophilia
But Minister of Justice, Bekir Bozdag (AKP) said that the bill is not about legalizing rape. He says that the law is for those who have consensual sex with a minor and who want to get married.
- If a child is born of this unofficial relationship, the doctor warns the prosecutor and the man is sent to prison, which puts the child and the mother in financial difficulties.
READ: Rapists in Turkey avoid prison by marrying victims
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