Rape soon to go unpunished? “Marry your rapist” bill in turkey causes dismay

Rape soon to go unpunished? 'Marry your rapist' bill in turkey causes dismay

According to several british media reports, the ruling AKP party in turkey is preparing a law that would make the abuse of minors unpunishable if the perpetrator and victim marry.

The draft law for the so-called "marry your rapist"-law allows marriage and thus impunity if victim and perpetrator agree and the age difference between the two is not more than 10 years. The law was passed on 16. January already discussed for the first time in the turkish parliament.

"Marry your rapist" – not the first attempt in turkey

According to the turkish ministry of justice, the aim is to prevent the practice of marrying minors from leading to the imprisonment of men who did not know that this was forbidden.

Opposition, women’s rights activists and the united nations express shock at the proposal. They criticize law as attempt to cover up violence against women and girls rampant in turkey.

Rape would remain a punishable offense in turkey even after the law came into force, but according to experts, the sentences were allowed to drop significantly because the interpretation for forced sexual contact was allowed to be relaxed considerably with the law.

According to human rights activists, around 2600 women have been murdered in turkey in the last 10 years alone. The numbers increase with each year. According to the united nations, 38 percent of turkish women have already been victims of physical and sexual violence.

The turkish government already introduced a similar law in 2016. At the time, there were large-scale protests in turkey, after which the government abandoned its plan.

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