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Don't laugh loudly, Turkish deputy premier tells women

Published on Jul 29, 2014 10:49 PM
 
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc speaks to the press ahead of the presidential elections in Ankara on July 24, 2014. Mr Arinc, one of the most senior members of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, sparked an outcry on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISTANBUL (AFP) - One of the most senior members of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government sparked an outcry on Tuesday after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, one of the co-founders of the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), made the comment while lamenting the moral decline of modern society.

"A man should be moral but women should be moral as well, they should know what is decent and what is not decent," Arinc said in a speech Monday in the western Bursa region for the Bayram holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims.

"She should not laugh loudly in front of all the world and should preserve her decency at all times," he added.

 
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