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Turkey preparing to bring controversial 'marry-your-rapist' bill

Jan 25, 2020 16:23 IST

A new law allegedly allowing men accused of abusing women under the age of 18 to avoid punishment if they marry their victims, is set to be debated in the Turkish parliament. 

The contentious 'marry-your-rapist' bill will essentially introduce a loophole for rapists to escape punishment, say experts. 

Women's rights activists and the opposition, Peoples’ Democratic Party is opposing the law, saying it will legitimise child marriage and statutory rape.

A similar bill which pardoned punishment to rapists in cases where "force, threat, or any other restriction on consent" was presented in the Turkish parliament in 2016, but was dropped after global outrage.

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