AKSARAY - Anatolian news agency

To prevent marriages of underage girls, the administration of the Gülağaç district of the central Anatolian city of Aksaray has introduced a requirement of a marriage permit for underage people.
The administration began taking measures after the marriages of two girls at the ages of 13 and 14 in Sofular Municipality and Akmezar village. One of the girls gave birth at the beginning of 2008.
Neither men nor women who are under 18 years of age are allowed to marry under the Turkish Civil Code. However, the grant of marriage might be given due to an extraordinary and urgent reason. When making the decision, the judge, if possible, may have a hearing from the guardian of the person to be married.
New measures, which were put into force about a month ago, require the people to file a petition to the local administration, as agreed by the gendarmerie headquarters, the police department of the district and village leaders. The law enforcement officers inspect the request during the wedding feasts. The permit receives approval on the condition that the request is of a legitimate need. The parents are obliged to keep the document throughout the wedding ceremony.
The measures taken for the said purpose have been successful, according to the Aksaray local administrator, Türker Halim. �The measures also earned the appreciation of the underage girls who do not wish to marry,� said Halim.