More than 180,000 child brides in Turkey, lawyer claims
Around a third of all marriages in the country are between an elder man and a child, according to recent statistics.
Speaking at a conference to address the issue on Sunday, Ms Nuriye Kadan said: “Nearly 20,000 parents filed applications to marry off their under-16 girls in 2012.”
Child marriage in Turkey has been a longstanding problem, but reliable statistics around the issue are scarce. Research conducted by the United Nations Population Fund in 2013 indicated 28 per cent of marriage in Turkey involved girls aged under 18.