An Unbelievable Rape Case Judgment Handed Down By Turkey's Supreme Court Has The Nation Fuming

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Today Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals upheld a controversial decision from a lower court that saw lax sentences in a horrifying child rape case.Understandably, many in Turkey are upset, to say the least.

According to reports in Hurriyet Daily News, the case began when the unnamed victim came to police in 2002 to report that she had been raped. Then aged 13, she had approached two other unnamed women in the southeastern province of Mardin, who arranged for her to have intercourse with the 26 male suspects, which included “soldiers, civil servants, shopkeepers and teachers”.

While the case eventually went to trial, the suspects received extremely light sentences, ranging between 1 and 6 years. These sentences were upheld by the Supreme Court of Appeals today after a legal battle of 8 years.

The reason? The 13-year-old victim was said to have consented.

Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin is one of many who has condemned the decision, but he explained that as the crime was committed before 2005, it was tried under “Old Turkish Law” and modern Turkish law would impose harsher sentences.

“Anybody who has any idea what a 13-year-old is like should decry this decision,” Nazan Moro─člu, a lawyer from the Women’s centre of the ─░stanbul’s Bar Association, told Today’s Zaman.

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