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Legislation will be withdrawn waiting for a compromise.

Turkey to drop child-sex assault bill after protests | The Guardian |

The main opposition Republican People’s party (CHP) had called for the bill to be withdrawn and vowed to go as far as the constitutional court to block it.

But the Turkish government insisted it was trying to help families in which the men involved were not rapists or sexual aggressors, and who were unaware of the law. The legal age of consent in Turkey is 18 but child marriage is widespread, especially in the south-east of the country.

Even as he said the bill would be withdrawn, Yıldırım insisted that the proposals sought to rectify the situation for 3,800 families who “are forced to grow up without the love of their father” – likely imprisoned – and “paying for the mistakes of their mothers and fathers”.

But as well as opposition activists, the bill had also been criticised by the pro-government Women’s and Democracy Association (Kadem), whose deputy chairman is Erdoğan’s younger daughter, Sümeyye Erdoğan Bayraktar. It said in a statement on Friday that one of the bill’s biggest problems would be proving legally what constituted force or consent.

Campaigners have long accused the government of failing to do enough to stamp out child marriage and of paying more attention to pushing up the birth rate.

Motion to ‘protect child marriage’ in Turkey draws controversy | Middle East Eye |

Photo at rally against proposed government supported AKP bill
A woman holds sign saying "We will not forgive child rapists" at Istanbul rally (AFP)

Erdoğan in June this year urged women to have at least three children and once described birth control as treason.

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