Growing numbers of children subjected to abuse, child marriages and teen pregnancies have sparks debate in Turkey. But a public discussion of the problem in the country has been suppressed.
Turkey's justice minister has said authorities want to "reduce or eliminate" the sex drives of convicted child abusers. The idea was immediately rounded upon by rights groups as draconian.
Girls in rural Iran are often forced into marriage at a young age. Protected under Iranian law, the practice is leading to broken families and a generation of children lacking prospects or perspective.
Three in four children regularly suffer violence committed by parents and guardians. In Africa, too, many children become victims of domestic violence. South Africa has now outlawed corporal punishment in the home.
The Supreme Court's ruling that having sexual intercourse with a wife aged under 18 is rape marks a big step forward in the fight against child marriage and sexual abuse of minors. But many worry about its enforcement.
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