Parliament head vetoes proposal on formation of a commission for preventing child abuse

​The Turkish parliamentary speaker İsmail Kahraman, affiliated to the ruling AKP party, has vetoed the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s proposal on the establishment of a commission tasked with preventing child abuse
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 18:28

The parliamentary main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu proposed the formation of a commission tasked with preventing child abuse in Turkey to Parliament. The proposal was vetoed by the Turkish parliamentary speaker İsmail Kahraman.

Tanrıkulu had proposed that "A commission that would include representatives from the Justice and Development Party (AKP), the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) should be established via the Turkish parliament in order to take the necessary measures to prevent the sexual abuse of children, to put an end to the victimization immediately and to increase deterrence punishments for child abuse."

In response to the proposal offered by the CHP deputy, İsmail Kahraman, on March 1, 2018, officially stated that "There is nothing that our Speaker’s Office can do about this issue".

İsmail Kahraman is famous for his anti-secular and Islamist discourse. He officially turned the name of the Turkish Assembly locality into "külliye" – a reference to the Islamist-Ottoman social complexes in the past – and published some calendars with Arabic prayers from Quran.  

In April 2016, Kahraman declared his longing for sharia. He said "Turkey is a Muslim country. Thus, we must have a religious constitution. Secularism should not be in it," which drew harsh criticism from the public.

Kahraman had previously organized Ramadan dinner ceremonies in the Turkish parliament, separating male and female lawmakers.