You can read that again, but you had it right the first time.
Indeed, someone DOES want the Turkish government to shoulder expenses that would allow single men to sleep with prostitutes.
But before you jump out of your seat to judge and point an angry finger at him— you might want to know that he’s got a very good reason for this bizarre proposition.
Although there’s no denying the fact that his suggestion is not only peculiar, it is also both sexist and undeniably unacceptable.
A Turkish lawyer named Yazuv Balkan wants his government to spend 75 Turkish lira (an equivalent of US$10) every week for each single man in Turkey in an attempt to curb the increasingly alarming rate of violence against women in the country.
Balkan believes that the growing number of crimes against women in Turkey is a result of ‘sexual frustration’ among its single male citizens, whose number apparently seemed to have grown exponentially as well.
As expected, Balkan’s sinister proposal has caused widespread outrage, not only in Turkey, but in numerous countries around the globe.
Female activists took to the streets to condemn Balkan’s outrageous proposal, which also angered the general public as the idea is deemed by many as unethical, irrational, immoral, and just downright wrong.
But Balkan stood his ground. “If men can meet their sexual needs, I am confident that 99% of female murders will be eliminated,” he told local media in Turkey during an interview.
Balkan’s highly opposed proposal came amid discussions over the Turkish government’s role in putting a halt to the disturbing increase in the number of crimes against women— which include rape, murder, physical and sexual assault.
A parliamentary commission has recently been set up by the government in an attempt to address this persistent problem.
The number of murdered women in the country has increased by 1,400 percent in just a period of seven years— a figure based on statistics from 2003 to 2010 alone.
Some Turkish believe, however, that the dramatic increase in the number of crimes against women in the country can be attributed to the nation’s culture of ‘honor’.
One witness to a supposed ‘honor crime’ told: “We do not want to be involved in a private family matter. It is between a man and a woman. A woman is like a fig tree. If a branch is infested with worms, you must cut the tree or your entire orchard will be lost.”