Marry Them Old

Turkey remains among the more progressive of Muslim nations in the Middle East and its government is not supportive of forced marriages for young women. Family and Social Policies Minister made clear that she will take drastic action against parents who force their young daughters to marry a man of their choice. “We will raise the current punishment by 50 percent” if mothers and fathers pursue this policy of denying young women the right to decide who they will marry. She bluntly told all parents, “The punishments should be harshened and child marriages should be prevented.”

Currently, parents forcing marriage of minors can wind up in jail for about fifteen years. I suspect any harshening would involve the government marrying off mothers and fathers. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.