AKP withdraws child abuse motion

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim

As we have reported before, Turkey’s ruling AKP has been under heavy criticism and faced country-wide protests due to the motion they proposed that allowed child abusers evade jail time, if they married their victim.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has recently announced that they decided to withdraw the motion, so that an assembly commission could help re-design it. So far, no efforts have been made to re-think the wording of the motion, leading people to believe that it is gone for good.

Yildirim also defended their intentions again, saying that the motion was to help teenagers who married at a young age, not adult men who abused children. However, while he did recognize the main concern that it could help force young women into marriages that they did not want, or help child abusers evade legal action against them, Yildirim did not offer any explanations as to why he thinks that won’t be the case.

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