Turkey’s state religious affairs body has declared that girls as young as nine could marry. Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs, or Diyanet, justified the move saying it is merely stating Islamic law.
Turkey has a high rate of child marriage with reportedly 15 percent of Turkish girls marrying before the age of 18. The actual figure could be much higher, as most child marriages go unregistered. The legal age of marriage in Turkey is 18.
In the early part of the nineteenth century, the Muslim-majority country underwent a phase of secularization under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk – the founder of the modern Turkish state. The country is now being systematically Islamized by President Recep Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) ever since it took hold of state power fifteen years ago.
In 2016, President Erdogan’s AKP introduced a legislation in the national parliament that aimed to pardon child rapists if they marry their underage victims. Turkish women took to the streets in opposition to the law, forcing the government to scrap the bill.
Hollywood celebrities and women's groups in the West – obsessed with an imaginary gender pay gap, mansplaining, or usage of false gender-specific pronouns – couldn’t find it in themselves to stand up for the brave Turkish sisters fighting the real rape culture.
British newspaper The Independent reported:
A government body in Turkey has suggested that girls as young as nine and boys as young as 12 could marry under Islamic law, prompting the country's main opposition party to call for an investigation into child marriages.
An online glossary of Islamic terms was posted by Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs – or Diyanet – which is responsible for administering religious institutions and education.
The website said that, according to Islamic law, whoever had reached the age of adolescence had the right to marry. Elsewhere, the beginning of adolescence was defined as nine and 12 for girls and boys respectively.
The legal age of marriage in Turkey is 18, or 17 with parental consent. In exceptional circumstances people can marry at 16, subject to court approval. However, child marriage in religious ceremonies is widespread in Turkey, taking place in clandestine ceremonies often conducted by a local elder and held at a family's home.
With uncontrolled migration from Turkey and other Muslim countries into Europe, cases of child brides are surfacing in Europe as well. In 2016, German authorities estimated that there were around 1,500 married children in Germany, of whom over 360 were under the age of 14.
In 2016, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas proposed a law to legalize existing child marriages. The German newspaper Bild Zeitung describes the proposed law: “a 13-year-old child bride would have to testify against her husband, saying that her well-being as a child is under threat. If neither the child nor the Child Welfare Service lodges a complaint, for all practical purposes the marriage would be declared legitimate.”
Only massive public outage forced German government to shelve this ridiculous proposal.
European countries, and Germany in particular, are failing to stop the erosion of Western values by regressive Islamist practices imported thanks to unregulated mass migration. The European political elite aren’t standing up to defend their civilizational achievements, but instead are making concessions to accommodate such abhorrent practices in the name of diversity and multiculturalism.