CHP, CSOs file criminal complaint against cleric who says 6-year-olds can marry.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Republican People's Party (CHP) Ankara deputy Aylin Nazlyaka, ystanbul deputy Nur Serter and representatives of civil society organizations arrived at the Ankara Courthouse on Monday to file a criminal complaint against Social Fabric Foundation President Nureddin Yyldyz, who said earlier in a video that 6-year-olds can get married.
Speaking in front of the court, Nazlyaka stated that those who speak about a 6-year-old child's marriage are encouraged by the families that are not opposed to child marriage. Nazlyaka noted that, according to official numbers from the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat), there have been 181,000 child marriages in Turkey in the last four years.
According to the TurkStat statistics, there were 326 mothers between the ages of 14 and 15 and 20,374 mothers between the ages of 15 and 17 in 2013, Nazlyaka added.
Condemning any kind of child abuse, Serter said Yyldyz must first be removed from his position as president of the Social Fabric Foundation and tried for encouraging the rape of 6-year-old children. "If someone marries a 6-year-old child, that should be called rape, not marriage," Serter concluded.
After significant public reaction to a video shared on social media that showed him speaking in support of child marriage, Yyldyz wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday that he did not mean that 6-year-old children can consummate a marriage, but that their marriage can be arranged.
Clarifying his comments about child marriage, Yyldyz tweeted that Islam does not approve of child marriage until the age of maturity and consent. According to Yylmaz, a marriage agreement involving someone their age or older can be arranged for children as young as 6 years of age after getting approval from the child's parents.
Yyldyz made another speech saying working women indirectly support extramarital affairs on Dec. 5, 2014. This also drew strong criticism and reactions, especially from women's groups. In his speech, Yyldyz said each working woman equates an unsatisfied man. "A working woman delays her marriage or [indirectly] encourages her husband to pursue extramarital affairs, as she will be tired or will not have enough time [to be with her husband]," Yyldyz said.
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|Date:||Jan 12, 2015|
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