Turkey Child Rape Bill: Massive Protests Lead to Bill Withdrawal

World - Mohit Shah - Nov 23,2016

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Street protests by the public has led to the abolishment of the proposed bill, which pardons men sentenced for sex with minor girls if they agree to marry them.

Turkey child rape bill was expected to be a relief, but instead it has become a controversial issue separating the thoughts of the government and the public. According to the suggested bill, rape culprits would be allowed to walk free if they settle on marrying the victim.

The government believes that, this law will help resolve the challenges which are caused due to the diffusive trend of child marriage in the country. However, the public and critics are adamant that such a law is only legitimizing rape. Thousands of people raided the streets as massive protests are active in Istanbul and other cities across the country; people are expressing their anger against this recommended bill.

Bill withdrawal has also been requested by UN agencies; they believe it would weaken Turkey’s capability to tackle child marriage and sexual abuse.

With so much pressure from all ends on the government, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim withdrew the bill hours before the final voting in the parliament. Yildirim said, “The draft law will now be returned to a commission which will take into account the views of the opposition and civil society.”

This issue is debatable due to the awkward decisions been implemented during AKP’s rule. The most appalling act occurred in July when the constitutional court in Turkey decided to annul a prime portion of the criminal code, which declared all types of sexual acts with kids under the age of 15 as sexual abuse.

There are many who want the bill to be completely dropped off; while, people like Elif Shafak, Turkey's best-selling novelist, wish for corrections in the bill. She clarified the concern regarding the drafting of this law as words like “consent” have surely made the code imperfect on many levels.