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Street protests against child rape bill.

Turkish Prime Minister withdraws child rape bill after protests

Turkish Prime Minister BINALI YILDIRIM has withdrawn a bill that pardons men convicted of sex with underage girls if they have married them.

The government acted just before the controversial legislation went to a final vote in parliament, which is dominated by the ruling AK Party.

The bill sparked protests and was met with international condemnation.

Critics said it would legitimise statutory rape and encourage the practice of taking child brides.

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