mail dot com : Turkey withdraws child marriage bill, submits it for review
November 22, 2016
Opponents argued that the bill amounted to a pardon for statutory rape if the perpetrator was married to his victim and would disrupt efforts to prevent child marriages and sexual assault on children. They maintained that it would, for example legitimize the practice of men taking brides as young as 13 or 14.
The Catholic Church has for centuries allowed girls as young as 12 to marry.
And, NOT JUST when there had been premarital sex.
The one thing that really should change in bill is, marriage should be lowered back to 12 - and then the crime statutory rape should be limited to cases under 12 or men not intending to marry, or when consent is lacking, but that would be normal rape or sexual abuse, not statutory./HGL