Turkey: Motion 'protecting child marriage' draws debate

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A government proposal to quash the convictions of men convicted of child sex assaults if they marry their victim has sparked furious debate in Turkey, with critics accusing it of encouraging child rape and the ruling party insisting it will protect those who were too young to marry legally.

Thursday's motion stated that in the case of sexual abuse of a minor committed before November 11, if the act was committed without "force, threat, or any other restriction on consent" and if the aggressor "marries the victim" the sentence will be postponed.

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