The law would have deferred sentencing for men who have married girls under age 18, which opponents say would essentially legalize child rape.
TURKEY – Turkish leaders plan to rework a bill some say would have legalized child rape, as long as the attacker married the victim, after it sparked protests across the country last week. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirimsent on Tuesday sent the bill, which would have applied to at least 3,000 men currently in prison, back to be changed by a parliament subcommittee after people in Turkey and around the world said the law appeared to consider child rape permissible. The ruling party in Turkey, the Justice and Development Party, also known as AK Party, brought the bill to the floor of the Turkish parliament amid opposition from some in the legislative body and several women’s rights groups. The bill is aimed at reducing the number of husbands sent to jail — leaving wives and children alone — by deferring sentencing for men who marry girls under age 18. READ MORE HERE
Turkey withdraws child rape bill after street protests
Turkey Drops Legislation Protecting Child Marriage
Men would be off the hook for child rape if they marry the victim