Turkey PM withdraws controversial child sex conviction bill

Turkish women protest in Istanbul against a proposed bill that would overturn men's convictions for child sex assault if they married their victimTurkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday the government was withdrawing a controversial bill that could overturn men’s convictions for child-sex assault, after an angry public backlash. Critics had said the bill — which would allow the release from jail of sex assault convicts if they marry their victims — would legitimise rape. “We are taking this bill in the parliament back to the commission in order to allow for the broad consensus the president requested, and to give time for the opposition parties to develop their proposals,” Yildirim said at a news conference in Istanbul.

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