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Study shows Turkish people oppose extramarital affairs

Turkish people oppose couples who live together without getting married.

Source : World Bulletin / 08 Nov 2013

Turkish political parties and media sources have been discussing Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's latest remarks on the cohabitation of male and female students. Meanwhile, a new study conducted by Turkish universities showed that most Turkish people were opposed to extramarital affairs.

The Turkish media reported on Monday that Erdogan complained about the lack of dormitories for university students, which he said caused many problems.

"Insufficient dormitories bring many problems. Female and male university students are staying in the same residence. This has so far not been inspected. This is against our conservative and democratic values. We gave orders to the governor on this issue. This will in some way be inspected,” Erdogan said.

After the report, the Turkish main opposition party and some political groups started a new debate, saying intervention on student houses would be an invasion of privacy.

The leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, has been leading the debate over individual rights.

Recently, the Turkish deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc elaborated on the government’s plan to inspect student houses.

“There is no legal objection or barrier to those who are over 18 years old and who want to live together in rented houses. However, we should know this well; all of us are mothers and fathers. We are living in a society with values and our party's identity is conservative democratic. We are getting votes because of this identity,” he said, while speaking in the Parliament’s Budget Commission.

Noting that there are more than 3 million university students in Turkey, Arinc said many students opt to live in private residences due to the lack of sufficient space in dormitories.

A new study conducted by Koc and Sabanci University showed that Turkish people opposed couples who live together in extramarital relationships.

About 72 percent of Turkish people surveyed in the study were opposed to extramarital affairs and 87 percent of Turkish people believe that couples should be married if they want to have a child.

Prof. Dr. Ersin Kalaycioglu from Sabanci University and Prof. Dr. Ali Carkoglu from Koc University conducted the study with 1555 people in 59 provinces. The study was conducted within the scope of international social fieldwork.


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