Turkish president wants adultery criminalised again

'Legislation under discussion' with tougher penalties for child abuse

21 February, 20:01

    ISTANBUL - After on Tuesday saying that he was considering a reinstatement of the crime of adultery, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has instructed the government to draw up legislation to do just that.

    The announcement was by his spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin.

    Erdogan said on Wednesday that he had made a mistake in 2004 when he shelved a draft law that would have criminalised adultery in order to start EU accession talks. Kalin noted that the new regulations would be dealt with alongside tougher penalties for child abuse.

    Adultery ceased to be a crime in Turkey in 1996 after a decision by the Constitutional Court. An opposition party study found that there are over 300,000 cases of child abuse in the country every year and that only 5% are reported to the police. The government is considering chemical castration for convicted pedophiles. 

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