Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç complained on Monday that the Turkish society is faced with a moral decay, urging men and women to protect their chasteness by remaining faithful to their spouses and avoiding laughter in public, respectively.
“Chasteness is of critical importance. It’s an asset for a woman. A man is required to have it, too. He will not be a womanizer, he will remain faithful to his spouse. And the woman will know her mahram and non-mahram,” he said, in reference to the Islamic categorization of unmarriageable kin and the marriageable people of the opposite sex. “She will not laugh in front of everyone and she will not display her attractiveness.”
Arınç was speaking at a ceremony organized by his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on the occasion of the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr.
According to Arınç, some television shows that cause “sex addiction” among the teenagers and easy access to harmful websites are a main reason for the moral decay in the society, which he in turn blamed for a worrying increase in cases of violence against women.