A Turkish religious body has come under fire for suggesting that girls as young as nine could marry.
An online glossary posted by Turkey’s state religious affairs body – effectively headed by Tayyip Erdogan – sparked a public outcry, including calls for an inquiry and the dismantling of the organisation.
The glossary of Islamic terms, which has since been removed, defined marriage as an institution that saves a person from adultery and said girls can marry when they reach puberty – as early as aged nine.
An online glossary posted by Turkey’s state religious affairs body – effectively headed by Tayyip Erdogan (pictured) – sparked a public outcry, including calls for an inquiry and the dismantling of the organisation
The main opposition party has asked prosecutors to investigate.
The Directorate of Religious Affairs, or Diyanet, has denied approving underage marriages and said the glossary merely interpreted Islamic laws, Hurriyet newspaper reported Thursday.
For boys, the minimum age was listed as 12, according to Arab News.
Head of the High Commission of Religious Affairs Ekrem Keles today told the Turkish newspaper the minimum age for ta girl to marry was 17 and a boy had to be 18.
He said: ‘Forget a nine or a 10 year old child marrying, a child at 15 should not marry and should not be married.’