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Submitted by havas (Turkey), Nov 9, 2009 at 07:54

>and a small sharia law from our islamic government. if some man or woman sexually touches--only touching-- under 18 years of childs body ,you go to jail for 9 years. before you finish the age 15 nobody can marry.<

That sounds contradictory. Only touching a child - under 18 years - is tantamount to 9 years in prison and yet marriages over 15 are allowed. How is it possible ?

The Turks are masters of deception and if someone doesn't know their crooked ways of saying something to obscure and deflect attention from something more important , then one can be easily hoodwinked.

before finishing 15 years of age any kind of sex even touchings to children is a crime and 9 years of jail.

normal age for marriage with your own will is when you finish 18. but after you finish 15 ,only if the parents aprove it, they can marry.

in rural turkey ,especially in eastern parts even today, there are children under 15 sold by their fathers to older men. but if someday when the child grows up complains to police about this marriage, or if she makes a baby and goes to hospital, or if the neighbouurs relatives informs the police, father will go into jail for a long long time for sure. so the risk is too high. and this islamist government brougt this hard laws. it must be a contradiction for you, because you dont know islam.

I'll leave aside the scandal where a leading Islamist journalist (76 year old Hüseyin Üzmez) abused a 15 year old girl and was released at first defending his misdeed ( which is not so rare in Turkey) by refering to sharia! [ "A girl who's reached puberty, who's having periods, is of age, according to our beliefs..." ]

and this is a very good example of it. because this guy got 15 years for jail now.he didnt even do direct sex with the child. it doesnt change what he says about allahs words, important thing is he is severely punished . as you see you dont know islam.

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