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    Turkish Government Mulls Revision of Controversial Draft Sex Abuse Law

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    The Turkish government is considering the revision of the controversial draft of a child abuse law, which was unveiled last week and met with harsh disapproval of opposition parties and many Turkish nationals who held protests in response to the bill, media reported Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) may revise the bill, which would allow to release the people accused or jailed for child sex abuse crimes committed before November 11, 2016 in cases where the victim consented to the act and subsequently married the aggressor, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

    On Saturday, thousands of people took to the streets in Istanbul, Ankara and a number of other towns in Turkey to protest against the motion, according to the newspaper.

    The proposal reportedly aims to address the problem of early marriages popular in some parts of the country, which may result in the older party being jailed.

    The opposition parties and protesters allegedly fear that the motion, if passed at the final vote on November 22, would decriminalize rape.


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