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Outrage in Turkey over statutory rape case

Outrage in Turkey over statutory rape case

Turks have expressed outrage over an appeals court ruling that sentenced 26 men for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl _ and not rape _ has caused public outrage.
Many Turks and even the president have questioned this week's court decision that said the girl, now 21, had repeated "consensual" intercourse with the men over a seven-month period in 2002. The age of consent in Turkey is 15.
Umit Kocasakal, head of Istanbul's bar association, told CNN-Turk television on Friday the decision was "bloodcurdling."
President Abdullah Gul wrote on Twitter the ruling has made him "deeply uncomfortable."
Most of the accused have received prison terms between one to four years, while some others were acquitted.


Updated : 2020-12-04 04:22 GMT+08:00