Source: BBC News
Turkey’s main opposition party has called for a parliamentary inquiry after the directorate of religious affairs said that, under Islamic law, girls as young as nine could marry.
The comments by the Diyanet prompted an outpouring of anger on social media from Turkish women’s groups.
The directorate insisted it was only defining points of Islamic law.
Turkey’s legal age of marriage is 18 but the practice of underage weddings in religious ceremonies is widespread.
Turkish law also allows 17-year-olds to marry with the consent of their parents or guardian, or 16-year-olds in exceptional circumstances with court approval.