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.
Creating laws to protect children from sexual abuse continues to be a difficult process in Iran. Abuse cases are rarely publicized in the country, although Iran is a signatory of the UN convention on child rights.
A new report shows that some 22,000 pregnant children were admitted to Turkish hospitals over 18 months. Despite this overwhelming number, experts argue that the actual cases are likely to be much higher.
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.
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