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Over nine percent of all women between the ages of 15-19  in Turkey get married between, with 5.9 percent giving birth to their first child within the same age gap, according to numbers released by Hacettepe University. 

Girls between the ages of 15 and 19 have a 9.6 percent rate of marriage, the numbers showed, with around 70 percent of the married women experiencing their first pregnancy in the same age gap.

Around 12 percent of the pregnancy stories however end in voluntary miscarriages, the survey added.
Hacettepe professor Hilal Özcebe said the underage marriages in Turkey pose a serious health public health risk, adding that around 16 million women around the world under the age of 18 get pregnant every year, with over three million of those pregnancies ending with unsafe miscarriages. 

The early marriages and pregnancies are also frequent cases in develop countries, Özcebe added, saying that most of the underage mothers-to-be get pregnant against their will due to decimation, violation of rights, lack of education and sexual pressure. 

Early pregnancies also pose health risks to the mother, including hyper blood pressure, bleeding and unexpected miscarriages, according to Özcebe, while also harming the physical and emotional development of the teenage mother.

Such dangers can only be thwarted by preventing underage pregnancies, and increasing activities to raise awareness in areas where teenage pregnancy rates are high, Özcebe said, adding that young girls should be allowed to stay in school. 

Underage marriages should be postponed, and pregnancies should be left until over the age of 20 for the mother, Özcebe added.


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mara mcglothin

7/11/2013 5:44:44 AM

LAZ I am sorry weary of the "Kurdish" arguement. There are also Turks doing this also, and Kurds born in Turkey are Turks and should be regulated by the laws of the land, but like many other laws in Turkey, even the laws on the books are not enforced.

Tekir Feline

7/10/2013 7:51:01 PM

A good government should rather care about girls education and vocational training instead of allowing "teenage marriages", but with this backward AKP Government Turkish i have my doubts.

Laz K

7/10/2013 6:35:50 PM

@Brian Irlanda it takes one to know one!!!

Laz K

7/10/2013 5:36:36 PM

They call it Turkey but lets be real ,these marriages happen mostly in Northern Turkey with Kurdish Turks.They sell of their daughter to the highest bidder for some land,honour,animals,or to the one who first shoots down the bottle on the roof!!!Has nothing to do with Turkey as they believe they have their own rules and laws! @Brian, a pedophile does not marry his victim, you in the west know best about those creeps.And abortions are still forbidden in 2013 christian Ireland, is that honour too?

mara mcglothin

7/10/2013 5:07:07 PM

Yeah BRIT Sorry I am so late, I had to throw up a little in my mouth before I could comment. BRIAN These are not pedophiles, these are dirty old men. There is a difference. This is so simple. A valid identification must be presented to get a license and even a religious ceremony cannot be held without proper license. Anyone caught marrying underage people should be heavily fined an lose their jobs. Imams included. When high ranking officials have married underage girls, what will change?

Brit in Turkey

7/10/2013 4:05:21 PM


Brian Irlanda

7/10/2013 3:03:20 PM

Why, if it is illegal, it is not 0% ? Turkey seems to be a heaven for pedophiles.

Richard Wyatt

7/10/2013 3:00:05 PM

Their families must be so honoured to have valuable child brides in their midst.

A European

7/10/2013 2:53:47 PM

Shotgun weddings! A creep aged 60 claiming a 15 year old girl. Well, some traditions in Turkey will never change!
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