Third of marriages in eastern Turkey involve child brides: NGO

16 Jan 2014
Hurriyet Daily News

‘Hurriyet Daily News’ reports that in eastern and southeastern Turkey, a third of the marriages taking place involve a child bride. The women’s rights group, KAMER, released the results of a study they had been conducting on the improvement of women’s rights showing that a large number of the girls getting married in Turkey are under the age of fifteen and some are even under the age of twelve. The results of the study were released following the death of a fourteen year old Turkish child bride who allegedly committed suicide following the birth of her second child. The legal age for marriage in Turkey is seventeen but experts argue that the laws are not effective enough to prevent child marriage from happening and more awareness about this practice and gender equality needs to be raised.

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