Turkish Religious Authority Says Girls As Young As 9 Can Marry

Turkey’s state Directorate of Religious Affairs – popularly known as the Diyanet – infuriated the country’s largest opposition party on Wednesday when it said that, under Islamic law, girls as young as nine could marry.

The comments triggered an outpouring of rage on social media, as Turkish women’s groups expressed outrage at the sudden clarification.

The directorate responded that it was only defining points of Islamic law.

Turkey's legal age of marriage is 18 but the practice of underage weddings in religious ceremonies is widespread. Turkish law also allows 17-year-olds to marry with the consent of their parents or guardian, or 16-year-olds in exceptional circumstances with court approval.



The statement on adolescence was posted online by the Diyanet, the state body which administers religious institutions and education, according to the BBC. It said that, according to Islamic law, the beginning of adolescence for boys was the age of 12 and for girls the age of nine. On the same website, it said that whoever reached the age of adolescence had the right to marry.
Thirty lawmakers from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) called on the government to launch an investigation into child marriage.

Murat Bakan, CHP's MP for Izmir, said on Twitter: "The Turkish Civil Code clearly states that adulthood begins at the age of 18. Early marriages violate children's rights, women's right's, human rights. As CHP MPs we ask parliament to investigate child marriages."

In a later statement, the Diyanet said it didn’t approve of child marriages.

"Forcing a young girl to marry someone before they obtain the psychological and biological maturity, and before they gain the responsibility to make a family and become a mother, would not comply with Islam which puts consent and will as a condition in a marriage," it said.

"Our directorate has never approved early marriages in the past, and it never will."

Correspondents say that, despite the directorate's assurances, distrust of the body still remains among secular groups.

Tensions between secular Turks and the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have intensified since an attempted coup 18 months ago. Since then, the country has operated under a state of emergency and tens of thousands of Turks have been jailed or purged from their jobs at government departments or government-funded universities.


Turkey Child Bride

In 2016, the government withdrew a bill that pardoned men convicted of sex with underage girls if they had married them.

Critics of the bill said it would legitimize statutory rape and encourage the practice of taking child brides.

The bill had sparked street protests across Turkey and was condemned abroad.


US Child Brides

Of course, Turkey isn’t the only country that has a tradition of underaged marriage – far from it. Despite an overall fall in child marriage since 2000 (25,583 to 9,247), there are still a shocking number of young children legally married in the US. Only 14% married other minors, meaning 86% married an adult.


Billy the Poet ne-tiger Wed, 01/03/2018 - 20:24 Permalink

Variations in culture and economy can lead to wide variety of social standards. We can see this in our own history.


While the general age of consent is now set between 16 and 18 in all U.S. states, the age of consent has widely varied across the country in the past. In 1880, the age of consent was set at 10 or 12 in most states, with the exception of Delaware where it was 7.



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Richard640 bobcatz Wed, 01/03/2018 - 23:32 Permalink









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ChiangMaiXPat Richard640 Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:20 Permalink

Jesus was not a “Jew”, that is a misnomer the word Jew was not formerly “added” to the Bible until 1775. Was Jesus a Pharisee? I think not, that’s blasphemy. The Babylonian Talmud is a reactionary book written 600 years after the death and resurrection of Christ based on Kabbalist Pharisee mysticism. The reason the book is so vehemently obscured & obfuscated to anyone other than the “tribe” is, it is filled to the brim with vile heresy; “such as Christ is in Hell sitting in a tub of steaming hot excrement.” Pedophilia has been pointed out many times in the Talmud by Jews and non Jew alike, apologists will do any and all verbal gymnastics to deny this. 

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Theosebes Goodfellow SMG Thu, 01/04/2018 - 10:16 Permalink

~" Hell, why not at 3 years old?"~

Because the "prophet of Allah" didn't molest a 3 yr old. I know it sounds wacky, but everything that Islam allows is because Mohammad said the god in his head, (Allah), approved it. He did get the go-ahead to wed a 6 yr old, (whom he molested when she turned 9).

Mohammad was, (at least according to Islam's "most revered texts"), a misogynistic, plagiarizing, incestuous, extorting, mass-murdering pedophile-pirate. Tese "most revered texts", (the Qur'an, the Sira and the Sunnah), said he was much worse than that, but the documenting of those other "negative personality traits" are lost to history.

The problem is that Mohammad is, for Muslims anyway, the epitome of how a Muslim man should behave. (All others, Muslim women & children and non-Muslims need not apply. They "don't count". God-damned barbarians is correct. Do not buy into the leftist's dogma that all cultures are created equal. Africa does not have a problem with white Europeans breaking the law trying to get down there. All cultures are NOT created equal, especially the one of a 7th century schizophrenic.

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zorba THE GREEK Billy the Poet Wed, 01/03/2018 - 20:39 Permalink

Oh our Delaware, our beloved Delaware, for the sun is shining over, our beloved Delaware....I remember the day that they raised the age of consent from 7 years old to 10 years old. It was a woeful day for many of us. I can remember trying to comfort many of my fellow Delawareans. I told them: "Look on the bright side, at least they didn't go overboard and raise the age of consent all the way up to 12 years old.

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Hongcha Billy the Poet Wed, 01/03/2018 - 21:01 Permalink

Thanks for the perspective.  The age of consent in Shakespeare's England was 12 - see Blackstone's History of English Law.  And that's marriage, not necessarily consummation.  Two different things, if one has the imagination to actually picture that things might be different at different times and and different places. 

Yes, I know it is hard to hold apparently contradictory theories in the mind at the same time ... binary minds want everything fused and obvious, and based on 'feeling.' So keep emoting, guys.

The natural law is obviously that menses, the ability to conceive, pretty much places a young woman in the gene pool at that point.  Has been and always will be, 'cause darn it, nature's law trumps our laws, even Amerikan law. 

Agrarian societies, shorter life spans, custom, differing beliefs {gasp} also played a role and still do in many parts of the world.

But why not keep slamming the Muslims?  Easy target.  Qui Bono?

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Ms No Hongcha Wed, 01/03/2018 - 22:14 Permalink

Then at 12 their odds of dying like this were epic but they didn't give a shit because they were psychopath pedophiles and they will just go steal or buy another kid.  Obviously anybody that has a period is capable of getting pregnant but these pedophiles never seem to worry about if they will survive it.  Any rationalization will do.

"A 12-year-old Yemeni child bride died after struggling to give birth for three days, a local human rights organisation said.

Fawziya Abdullah Youssef died of severe bleeding on Friday while giving birth to a stillborn in the al-Zahra district hospital of Hodeida province, 140 miles west of the capital Sanaa.

Child marriages are widespread in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country which has a population of 23million, where tribal customs dominate society... Youssef was only 11 when her father married her to a 24-year-old man who works as a farmer in Saudi Arabia...In February, parliament passed a law setting the minimum marriage age at 17. But some lawmakers are trying to kill the measure, calling it un-Islamic."


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Ms No Ms No Thu, 01/04/2018 - 00:05 Permalink

Pedophile down votes because he can't justify screwing something the second it bleeds because medical science has accurately declared it high risk pregnancy.  Pedophiles don't concern them with such things.  Pedophiles have fixations with a very tight age range which is another marker of their mental illness.  Ones who like 12 year olds will also screw 10 year olds but not really be interested in 15.  The ones that like 8 year olds will also like 6 year olds, etc.  Normal men can be attracted to 18-30 if they find them good looking.  It's one of the tells. 

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GUS100CORRINA uhland62 Wed, 01/03/2018 - 20:55 Permalink


Turkish Religious Authority Says Girls As Young As 9 Can Marry

My response: ISLAM, the CULT of masses. If I am not mistaken, the TURKS are simply following the teachings of Mohammed.

The majority of traditional hadith sources state that Aisha was married to Muhammad at the age of six or seven, but she stayed in her parents' home until the age of nine, or ten according to Ibn Hisham, when the marriage was consummated with Muhammad, then 53, in Medina.


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zorba THE GREEK shankster Wed, 01/03/2018 - 20:27 Permalink

Even in Roman times, a girl had to be 12 years old to marry. Saint Augustine was engaged to a 10 year old girl that his parents had arranged the marriage for him. But even back then, it was not permitted for him to marry her until she was 12 years old. Zerohedge posted an article in December about 3 -10 year old girls that were married in Tennessee in the 21st century by a legal state authority. The men they married were in their 20s and 30s. We sure have come a far way (NOT) in 1800 years.

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BobEore shankster Wed, 01/03/2018 - 20:46 Permalink


males who adhere to bizarre and antiquated sectarian cults with weird ideas towards the female sex... and a raft of similarly anti-social, unsocialized, or jus plain pathologically psychotic practices towards others - including their own sex...

are unlikely to be found in American "third world" type cities... as their criminal enterprises invariably bring them the wealth to be able to mix with the uber rich in the wealthiest of zip codes.

That's right! Lubavitch and other self-styled 'judaic' sectarian groups famously regard being born as a woman as 'gods' curse... and pray every day in thanks for being spared it - their extreme in bred practices extend, in the case of the ultra orthodox wing nut division... to forcing their spouses to shave their head and wear wigs... in order to not 'provoke them to lust!' ... at the same time as running pornographic empires encouraging their goyish enemies to dissipate themselves in same... or sex trade enterprises of international scale.... often as adjuncts to their main sources of stolen wealth, which is ripping off governments of various resources, or using connections within to avoid legal compliance to rules of trade, building, or labor practice to gain unfair advantage over competitors.


BUT... let's not talk about that. Instead... let's draw a direct parallel to that criminal cabals' modus operandi... and the identical one practiced by 'Islamist' weirdos who seize power in order to be able to practice similarly abusive social pyschopathologies dressed up as "the way things work" - as practitioners of other 'ANGRY GOD'(tm)ethno-religious extremist movements...

in order to make it CLEAR ONCE AND FOR ALL... that there ain't a whiff of difference... tween inbred maniacal millennialist 'jews'... and their inbred millennialist (judaically-directed)fake enemies who calle themselves 'muslims'....

except on the pages of agitprop press release which propound a strategy of forcing our attention pon everybody cept our real enemies.


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what happened shankster Thu, 01/04/2018 - 05:16 Permalink


Yes in California it is already here:

It is important to understand that, while most states have set the minimum age to marry with parental consent to 16, California is one of the few states that allow minors to get married at any age, as long as they obtain parental consent. However, this does not mean that young children will be allowed to get married, since a judge will also need to grant approval and may not allow a minor he/she deems too immature to marry. While most couples tend to wait until both partners reach the age of 18 to marry, this age exception allows pregnant minor couples to marry before the child is born, without having to wait for the age of majority.

Don't worry though fine upstanding judges like Roy Moore are available to "protect" the young.

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