"Marry your rapist": In Turkey, a bill allows rapists to marry their minor victims

Turkey's parliament will review the “Marry Your Rapist” bill at the end of the month to allow abusers to avoid punishment if they marry their underage victims.

Llaws that force women to marry their rapists in North Africa and West Asia arouse the consternation of the international community. At the end of January, it's at Turkish parliament that the bill "Marry your rapist" will be presented.

"Marry your rapist" is the law Project which will allow rapists to escape the sanctions they incur, on the condition that they marry their victim. The victim being in this context a young girl under 18 years old.

This bill is controversial within Parliament itself. According to the British media Independent, the opposition and the People's Democratic Party (HDP) see in this proposal the legitimization of child marriage and legal rape, as well as the sexual exploitation of children.

In 2014 already, BFMTV quoted Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's words about women.

“Our religion (Islam) has defined a place for women (in society): motherhood. Some people can figure it out, some can't. You can't explain that to feminists because they don't accept the very idea of ​​motherhood. […] Their character, their habits and their physique are different […] you cannot put on the same foot a woman who is breastfeeding her child and a man. "

The United Nations published last July a report entitled, Progress of the World's Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World. He attests that "years of collective mobilization, strategy development and innovation by women's rights groups have resulted in the repeal or reform of archaic laws throughout the African region. North and West Asia ”. Thus, the year 2017 saw the Tunisian, Jordanian and Lebanese governments repeal or reform "the clauses of their penal code which allowed the perpetrators to avoid prosecution if they married the woman they had attacked and allowed families to force women to marry their rapists ”.

It is now within the Turkish Parliament that the controversial law is invited. Note also that in 2016, a similar bill was exposed. This legislation then provided, according to Independent, to forgive men who had had sex without "force or threat".


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