Turkey's ruling party has reversed its decision not to introduce a proposal to criminalize adultery, Turkish media reported Thursday. As reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, Turkey said Tuesday that it would abandon its plan to criminalize adultery after pressure from the EU.
Turkey is currently overhauling its penal code as part of its efforts to become an EU member state. According to reports by CNN Turk and NTV, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has proposed replacing the word "adultery" with "sexual infidelity," saying that proposal would protect families and women who have been wronged by their husbands. AP has more. A summary of amendments to the Turkish Civil Code is online here.