Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Turkish women's protest is no joke

Turkish women shouldn't laugh out loud in public, says the deputy prime minister

Women in Turkey have taken to social media to protest against comments by the country's deputy prime minister that "women should not laugh aloud in public".

Women were sharing photos on Twitter of themselves laughing today after Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc's comments that honourable women should not laugh out loud in public.

Mr Arinc said on Monday both men and women should be moral, and that women should be aware of what is appropriate behaviour.

Canan Arin, a prominent women rights' activist, said it was a pity Turkish women have to respond to such "silly comments" when they have more serious problems to deal with, including frequent male violence against women.

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