Thousands have protested in Istanbul in Turkey against a bill that would let off men who assaulted underage girls if they marry their victims.
The government insists the legislation is aimed at dealing with the widespread custom of child marriage, but critics say that it will legitimise child rape.
Protesters clapped and chanted: “We will not shut up. We will not obey. Withdraw the bill immediately!”
There were demonstrations in other cities including Izmir and Trabzon.
The law would allow the release of men who assaulted a minor without “force, threat, or any other restriction on consent” and married the victim.
About 3,000 protesters gathered in Istanbul’s Kadikoy square, according to reports.
Some waved banners with slogans such as “Rape cannot be legitimised” and “AKP, take your hands off my body” – referring to the AKP party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which introduced the bill.
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