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Erdogan og Eine vinker til mengden. Foto: Murad Sezer/Reuters/Scanpix

Erdogans regjeringsparti, AKP, har igjen foreslått at overgripere kan få amnesti hvis de gifter seg med barnet.

Da AKP foreslo dette for fire år siden, ble det ramaskrik både hjemme og ute. Nå ligger forslaget på bordet igjen.

The legislation, which was first debated by parliament on 16 January, would give men suspended sentences for child sex offences if the two parties get married and the age difference between them is less than 10 years.

Kritikerne sier dette er det samme som å legalisere barneekteskap og tillate voldtekt.

Opposition parties and women’s rights groups have been quick to point out that the bill in effect legitimises child marriage and statutory rape in a country where the legal age of consent is 18.

Myndighetene sier forslaget tar sikte på gjøre noe med de omseggripende barneekteskapene.

Tyrkia opplever økende vold mot kvinner. Men i 2009 slutten myndighetene å føre statistikk.

NGO’er overtok rollen.

However, Fidan Ataselim, the general secretary of the activist group We Will Stop Femicide, said the new bill was an attempt by the government to erase evidence of Turkey’s growing epidemic of violence against girls and women.

The group, which has tracked gender-related violence and deaths since Turkish authorities stopped doing so in 2009, estimates that more than 2,600 women have been murdered in the last decade, and the number of killings has increased steadily each year.

According to the UN, 38% of Turkish women have suffered physical or sexual violence from a partner.

Smutthull i loven som gir voldtektsmannen adgang til å slippe straff mot å gifte seg med offeret, har eksistert i flere land i Midtøsten og Maghreb.

“Marry your rapist” clauses are present in legislation relating to sexual consent in many countries in the Middle East and Latin America. In recent years such loopholes have been closed after protests against them in Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia.

Men Tyrkia skiller seg ut ved å gå i motsatt retning.

Turkey appears to have travelled in the opposite direction. After abolishing such laws in 2005, a 2016 bill that would have allowed the release from prison of men guilty of assaulting a minor if the aggressor married the victim and the act was committed without “force or threat” provoked widespread fury and was eventually defeated.

Regjeringen forsvarte seg med at målet var å hjelpe ektepar hvor mannen hadde giftet seg med en som var under den juridiske lavalder og som derfor teknisk ble voldtektsmenn i juridisk forstand.

justice minister Bekir Bozdağ, who said marriages involving minors were “unfortunately a reality” in Turkey but the men involved “were not rapists or sexual aggressors”.

Men loven ser ikke ut til å gjøre noen distinksjon mellom yngre mennesker som ikke kjenner loven og voldtektsmenn og overgripere.

Forslaget skal opp til behandling for annen gang, men dato er ikke fastsatt.

 

 

Turkish activists oppose amnesties for child rapists

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