Thursday, September 16, 2004

BBC NEWS | Europe | Analysis: Turkey, adultery, and the EU

Very informative article which sought to put the law in the context of a penal reform that was to align the Turkish penal code (which has certain 'flaws' corrected) with that of the EU as a precursor to the prelude of talks that might allow them to join the EU, if any that occasion ever arises.

But anyway, on a more interesting note, it suggested that it was linked to a whole package of reforms that would have ended discrimination against and for women e.g. honour killings, rape within marriage and automatic leniency for women who killed their children. Two things about that. 1. Singapore still has not outlawed marital rape (I've talked about this in one of my earlier blogs) 2. How would outlawing adultary affect gender powerlines?

Putting aside for a while all concerns that what goes on in your (or other's bedrooms) should not be the concern or purview of the government, how would outlawing adultary affect issues of things like divorce and alimony and custody of children? This is particularly so as often adultary involves two persons. And if the female partner is fined or imprisoned, how would the courts take that into account should her husband decide to divorce her? We already know what happens to the guy (this aspect of the law being terribly unfair to the males) but would it apply similarly to the majority of females who in Turkey can be considered vulnerable plaintiffs?

Anyone taking family law would like to educate us?


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