A Turkish flag is reflected off of the Ataturk Cultural Center (AKM), June 13, 2017 in Istanbul. AFP / OZAN KOSE
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Two Turkish government ministries Thursday announced investigations into a report that an Istanbul hospital had covered up 115 pregnancies by underage girls, many of them Syrians.The scandal, first reported by the Hurriyet daily, comes amid growing accusations by opponents that the authorities are turning a blind eye to underage marriage and sex.The age of consent in Turkey is 18 and hospitals are obliged to inform the authorities when children are conceived to mothers below that age.The ministry said it was continuing with "determination" a campaign to fight against the practice of child marriage which the authorities admit is still a problem especially in rural Turkey.The agency later distanced itself from the statement.
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