Turkey toughens penalties for sexual offenses against children
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 9
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey toughened penalties for sexual offenses committed against children, Turkish Family and Social Policy Minister Aysenur Islam said on May 9, Sabah newspaper reported.
"All layers of the society must struggle against the sexual offenses towards children," Islam said.
The amendments to the law will include an imprisonment for up to 39 years for sexual offenses committed against minors.
Earlier, Turkish Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said the country can restore the death penalty, as four children have been raped and killed in the past two months in different cities of Turkey.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also speaking on this matter said Turkey's commitments to the EU do not allow restoring the death penalty.
The death penalty was abolished in Turkey in 2004 as part of the reforms for the EU accession.
Translated by NH
Edited by CN