The shocking aspect is -and I love and know Turkey very well, having worked in Ankara for some time -that the position of many young Turkish girls in the deeper Anatolian regions is far from envious.
Even in larger cities the parents still decide on who will become the future husband of her daughter. The girls are forced into marriage ,sometimes within their own family.Rape is quite frequent but no Turkish girl of 14,15 years would dare to go to the police and put down a plaint against some family members-her declaration would not be considered truthful.
There are some organisations in Germany,Turkey and Belgium who try to address the topic,but the ruling islamic party is far from taking those issues serious.
an extract from a web-page dedicated to the violence aginst women in islamic-counties (but not only there..)
"Hatun had been sent to Turkey for a forced marriage when she had only been 15 years old, made to marry a cousin in their "home" region of southeastern Turkey. She had fled Turkey aged 17, pregnant. She was killed because she had chosen to "live like a German". At the time of her killing, Muslim pupils from a local school demonstrated publicly, applauding Hatun's murder."
[Edited 2007-06-23 12:21:30]
Please respect animals - don't eat them...