How an Extremist Government Treats Girls and Women

How an Extremist Government Treats Girls and Women
  • The scandal of the underage girls who gave birth was covered up by the administration of the hospital. They failed to inform either the police or judicial officials — even though they are obligated to do so by law and regulations when they discover a minor is pregnant or has been subjected to sexual abuse.
  • Instead, the social worker who exposed the scandal, Iclal Nergiz, has been persecuted by the hospital and other authorities. An investigation has been launched against her.
  • Sexual abuse against children in Turkey increased by 700% in the 10 years to 2017, according to the Diyarbakir Bar Association.

Turkey’s Human Rights Association (IHD) has issued a chilling report about children’s rights abuses in Turkey. According to it, “since 2002, under the AKP [Justice and Development Party] rule, 440,000 children under the age of 18 have given birth.”

“One in every four marriage in Turkey is a child marriage,” said Selen Doğan, a member of Ankara-based Flying Broom Women’s Communication and Research Association.

“These abusive acts take place in many parts of the world, but in Muslim societies the practice of underage marriages is warmly tolerated by many; in some instances, the perpetrators are protected by the authorities. That Islamic scriptures encourage early marriages — for girls as young as nine — also seems to be used to normalize abusive acts, including child marriages and underage mothers. Sadly, the practice of child marriages, a long-lasting tradition in Muslim communities, has a theological basis. Muhammad, the founder of Islam, married Aisha when she was six and consummated his marriage with her when she was nine. He was 54 years old. The Koran also advocates the practice.”… more

by LHWM: There are no words anymore. At this point you either have eyes to see or you don’t.

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