Turkey Seeks to Sanction the Rape of Children based on Marriage: AKP and Sunni Islamization

Turkey Seeks to Sanction the Rape of Children based on Marriage: AKP and Sunni Islamization

Nuray Lydia Oglu and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times


Turkey once more seeks to turn the clock back in order to Islamize society by any means possible. At the same time, political dissent is being crushed and opposition forces face prison on the most flimsy of charges. Therefore, with educational indoctrination growing based on Sunni Islamist militancy, the sectarian banner being charged against Muslims outside of the Sunni creed, and endless attacks against secularism – a new Sunni Islamist state in Turkey is emerging that is also nationalist by character based on the persecution of the Kurds.

President Erdogan of Turkey and his Islamist party of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) keep on pushing the boundaries in order to Islamize society. After all, Sharia Islamic law throughout history – including modern times – supported the marriage of little girls under the age of ten to older Muslim males. Such immorality is sanctioned by religious leaders in modern times in several nations. For example, in nations like Pakistan that seek to overturn areas of child abuse, the religious clerics suddenly find voices to condemn modernity. This is the reality behind the AKP in seeking to tolerate child marriage because sooner or later, if not stopped by the legal system and the masses who don’t fear being cowed, then Sharia-sanctioned child marriage will return on the basis of a dangerous slippery slope in modern day Turkey.

The Daily Telegraph reports, “Turkey’s governing party has sparked an outcry after putting forward a bill that would pardon up to 3,000 child rapists if the perpetrator married his victim.” 

In the region, you already have the sickness of ISIS (Islamic State – IS) whereby young girls belonging to the Alawites, Christians, and Yazidis, are being raped and sold into sexual slavery by Sunni Islamist Takfiris. Yet, if you look at the mirror of Saudi Arabia that supports killing apostates, to the current AKP seeking to sanction child abuse, then the ISIS mirror is not a million miles away from the mindset of the above-named nations.

Indeed, the Sunni Muslim Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, states “A girl aged 10 or 12 can be married. Those who think she’s too young are wrong and they are being unfair to her.” 

Not surprisingly, in the recent history of Saudi Arabia, you have repulsive cases whereby Sharia Islamic law and the leading religious scholars are sanctioning institutional pedophilia. For example, in one case “…a judge in Saudi Arabia justified the right of an 8-year-old child to marry a man of 47 years of age. Even after the mother signed a petition to demand the annulment of the marriage, the judge still refused because of the teachings of Islam. Therefore the judge, Sheikh Habib Abdallah al-Habib, refused openly to annul the marriage and in his eyes it is morally right to marry a child to an old man.”

The AKP in Turkey is seeking to manipulate language by claiming that this only applies to statutory cases of rape where force and consent aren’t used. Yet, for example, how can the AKP claim that a young female fully understands what is happening to her at such a young age when being abused by a sexual male pervert that covets young girls. In other words, it is a pedophiles charter with Islamist undertones based on Sharia law sanctioning child marriage of minor girls to older males throughout history – for example in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia.

Omer Suha Aldan, MP belonging to the CHP, is dismayed. This politician says, “If a 50- or 60-year-old is told to marry an 11-year-old girl after raping her, and then marries her years later, she will suffer the consequences… If you give him a pass by marriage, the young girl will live in prison her whole life.” 

Female demonstrators in Istanbul chanted “AKP, take your hands off my body” and “Rape cannot be legitimized.” Other cities, including Izmir and Trabzon, also witnessed demonstrations against the proposed AKP bill, that if passed, will further take Turkey backward under the leadership of Erdogan.

Cigdem Evcil, told the BBC, “I am a mother. How am I supposed to react to this? I can`t believe it, it’s not normal, it doesn’t make sense… If I let this happen to my daughter, if the mothers in this country let this happen, it means we are not mothers.”

Other parts of the world tolerate child marriage and do little to protect children. Yet, it is rare for countries to move forwards and then turn the clock back like Turkey is doing under the Islamist policy agenda of the AKP. It is high time for secularists and other forces in Turkey to stand strong against the current AKP government of Erdogan.




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