Click to read the article in Turkish
Women were on the streets in Kadıköy, İstanbul yesterday (October 17) evening to protest against the articles of the Law on Population Registration that allow Muftis*, religious leaders to perform a legally valid religious marriage, a verbal statement to be a legally valid form of declaration for a birth registration, and the criteria of "public morality" for acquiring citizenship through marriage.
As to the law amendment draft that stirred criticism, President and Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had said: "The Parliament will pass this law whether you like it or not".
"Don't prevent divorce, prevent femicide"
Women protesting in Kadıköy carried banners saying "Together stronger", "For an equal and free life: These laws cannot be passed as they are", "The law on Muftis will be withdrawn", "I object to this Law on muftis", "We don't want the law on muftis, we want to live", "Authority for muftis to perform marriage is a guarantee for unequality" and "Don't prevent divorce, prevent femicide".
During the demonstration, the women also read out a letter addressed to the woman MPs and said "You are the woman members of this Parliament that is blacklisting women. Our hope is that women hear each other".
Parliament to discuss law draft
The draft on the Law on Population Registration religious leaders to perform a legally valid marriage, a verbal statement to be a legally valid form of declaration for a birth registration, and the criteria of "public morality" for acquiring citizenship through marriage.
was discussed at the Parliamentary Committee on Internal Affairs.
Upon objections raised by the woman MPs of opposition parties, it was sent to the sub-commission on October 3, for approval.
The sub-commission approved the draft as it was and sent it back to the Committee on Internal Affairs.
The draft which has also been approved by the Committee on Internal Affairs is expected to be discussed in the General Assembly of the Parliament this week.
*A mufti is an Islamic scholar who interprets and expounds Islamic law. Muftis are jurists qualified to give authoritative legal opinions.
Related bianet News
Women Calling for Withdrawal of Law Draft Allowing Muftis to Perform Marriage 06 October 2017Following the law amendment granting the muftis the authority to perform official marriage ...
Law Draft That Sparked Protests Among Women Passed in Sub-Commission 04 October 2017Six articles of the draft law on the amendments to the Law on ...
Women Protest Misogynist Laws: ‘You Can’t Pass These Acts Like This’ 02 October 2017Activists and MPs made a statement in front of the Parliament and addressed ...
No Civil Marriage Performed at Churches, Synagogues 09 August 2017Concerning the draft that authorizes muftis to perform civil marriage, HDP MP Paylan ...
Erdoğan on Birth Control Again 30 May 2016President Erdoğan at the TÜRGEV meeting has said, “Birth control they recommend, no ...
Abortion in Turkey: Legal But Banned in Public Hospitals 05 February 2015A telephone inquiry research on 37 public hospitals realized by a woman organization ...
“Limiting Freedoms to One Field is Not Ethical” 23 September 2014Abdullah Karahan from Eğitim-Sen Union criticized the recent allowing of students to wear ...
Most Read Today
EP President: Zana being Relieved of MP Duties is Illegitimate 16 January 2018
BİA MEDIA MONITORING REPORT OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2017 Name-by-Name Imprisoned Journalists 16 January 2018
Jewish Community: Prevent New September 6-7 16 January 2018
Freedom House: Turkey Declines to 'Not Free' Countries 16 January 2018