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ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- A debate on student housing launched by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an earlier this week has overshadowed debates on issues like the settlement process, the approaching local elections, Turkey's bid for EU membership and the country's budget and audit reports.

Speaking at his Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday, Erdoy-an said: "Nobody knows what takes places in those houses [where male and female students live together]. All kinds of dubious things may happen [there]. ... Anything can happen. Then, parents cry out, asking, 'Where is the state?' These steps are being taken in order to show that the state is there. As a conservative, democratic government, we need to intervene."

The prime minister's statement has sparked a flurry of debate on the issue, with many people interpreting the government's plan as an intrusion into individuals' private lives, while others have said that it is the state's duty to protect the youth. The nation turning its attention to student housing has put the discussion of the budget and audit reports on the back burner, much to the dismay of the opposition parties.

According to BugE-n columnist GE-lay GE[micro]ktE-rk, the government will apparently violate Turkish laws if it puts its plan to investigate mixed-gender houses into effect. GE[micro]ktE-rk says all of the interventions into private lives that have been made by the AK Party during its ruling period have left negative remarks on people's memories.

Star's Eser KarakaE- finds Erdoy-an's aforementioned step to be a very bitter on in this modern time. KarakaE- also criticizes AK Party Deputy Chairman HE-seyin Ecelik, who said living in mixed-gender houses is a crime, a shame and a sin. The columnist says that people are free to believe what they want, and living in a mixed-gender house is not a crime according to the law. During a period when Turkey has been developing in terms of the economy and has started to become a leading country in the world in many areas, remarks such as the ones on living in mixed-gender houses greatly harms Turkey's image, KarakaE- adds.

TUy[currency]BA AYDIN (Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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