Turkey's Akit TV: 12 to 17 year old girls "ideal age for childbirth," those who oppose child marriage are enemies of Islam (VIDEO)

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Girls aged 12 to 17 are “superwomen,” at the “ideal age for childbirth,” Muttalip Kutluk Özgüven, a computer scientist, said during a televised debate about the Istanbul Convention on violence against women and domestic violence broadcast on the pro-government conservative Akit TV channel on Tuesday, Ahval reported.

"Ask any doctor you like," Özgüven said, "the human beings with the most supreme qualities are girls between these ages."

Bodies of young girls are "perfect," and have "magnificent regeneration capabilities,"  Özgüven continued, who is also an academic at the İstanbul Aydın Üniversitesi. “This is the ideal age to give birth to the first child.”

According to the World Health Organisation, the leading cause of death for girls between ages 15 to 19, is pregnancy and birth-related complications.

Mothers aged 10 to 19 “face higher risks of eclampsia, puerperal endometritis, and systemic infections … and babies of adolescent mothers face higher risks of low birth weight, preterm delivery and severe neonatal conditions,” the WHO says.

Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been accelerating the normalisation of sex with minors in recent years.

Although in 2018 Turkey contemplated a law to chemically castrate paedophiles, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), that Erdoğan belongs to, only last month called for an early parole law to include prisoners sentenced for child sexual abuse on the condition that they are married to their victims.

Such an amnesty seeking pardon for child sex offences remains on the agenda of the AKP since 2016. After it drew outrage in the public over its legitimization of child rape, the AKP had shelved the proposed bill, Duvar English reported.

There are currently 7,000-8,000 inmates serving sentences for child sexual abuse, and 270 of them are married to their victims.

Meanwhile, only last month, Ali İhsan Karahasanoğlu, the managing editor Erdoğan's favourite Islamist newspaper Yeni Akit, said older men can have sex with minors and those who oppose are enemies of Islam.

These wild comments, which can be seen in the below translated video, were also said on Akit TV.