Outrage after Malaysian man marries 11-year-old Thai girl
Malaysian Muslims under 16 are allowed to marry with permission of a religion court
The marriage of a Malaysian man to an 11 -year-old Thai girl has sparked anger in the Muslim-majority country with one activist on Sunday labelling the bridegroom small children predator.
Malaysian Muslims below the age of 16 are allowed to marry with the permission of a religion court.
But the countrys women and households ministry said there was no record of religious authorities approving the union, which took place last month across the border in Thailands largely Muslim far south.
Our officers have gone to the house and met the girls mother. We are waiting for more reports before deciding on the next course of action, the deputy prime minister, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, was quoted as saying in the Sunday Star newspaper.
The 41 -year-old husband could be to imprisonment for six months if he marriage the girl without permission.
Malaysian activists have called for legal reforms to terminate child marriage, which they said is widespread among the countrys Muslim population.
About 16,000 Malaysian daughters below the age of 15 are already married, advocates say.
Marrying an 11 -year-old girl is like the behaviour of a child predator or paedophile, Syed Azmi Alhabshi, small children activist, said.
Alhabshi said the man was a prosperous trader and already married to two women while the girls parents were impoverished rubber farmers.
Muslim men are allowed to have up to four wives in Malaysia.
The United Nations Childrens Fund, Unicef, said it was outraged by the incident.
It is shocking and unacceptable. Unicef … calls on the administration has make good its manifesto promise to ban child wedlock, said the agencys Malaysia representative, Marianne Clark-Hattingh.