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Government Set To Declare Adultery As A Criminal Act

Turkish President - Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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Government Set To Declare Adultery As A Criminal Act

It should be recalled that the country had in the late 1990s declare adultery as a non-criminal offence.

While In 2004, Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party, a concerned Islamic political group, had challenged that decision.

The government, however, had to relax on its proposal as a result of the criticism it encountered from the secular opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) alongside warnings from the European Union.

Adultery To Become A Criminal Offence In Turkey

Turkish President - Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President – Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The Government of Turkey has completed all necessary arrangements designed to aid its decision in declaring adultery as a criminal offence in the country.

This development was relayed by, Ibrahim Kalin, one of the presidential aides in the country today.

Kalin said, “Our president has ordered work to be conducted on this.”

“The Ministry of Justice would later share further details on how the country’s laws would be changed’’ following Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President’s speech to re-criminalise adultery in the country.

It should be recalled that the country had in the late 1990s declare adultery as a non-criminal offence.

While In 2004, Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party, a concerned Islamic political group, had challenged that decision.

The government, however, had to relax on its proposal as a result of the criticism it encountered from the secular opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) alongside warnings from the European Union.

The opposition also reacted in thesame way to the proposal which was recently reopened.

According to the CHP member of parliament Ceyhun Irgil, it is not the duty of the parliament to interfere in “issues regarding people’s privacy.” as reported by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Irgil, however, opined that the parliament needs to “…raise awareness in public.”

Erdogan, on the other hand, opined that such matters should not be left unattended to.  “I think it would be very, very well timed to again discuss the adultery issue too, because our society is in a different position with regards to moral values.

“We took a step there in line with the EU’s demands, but we made a mistake.”

 

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