Child marriage is okay when a girl reach puberty– girls as young as nine are “physically and spiritually” ready for marriage, Malaysian MP says.
The Malaysian MP also claims there’s “nothing wrong” with females marrying at young age, remark comes after Malaysia failed to criminalize child marriage in a recent law.
“they reach puberty at the age of nine or 12. and at that time, their body is already akin to them being 18 years old. so physically and spiritually, it is not a barrier for the girl to marry,” Shabudin Yahaya, a member of the Barisan Nasional Coalition, told parliament on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
He went on to point out, there is “nothing wrong” with a rape victim marrying the man who raped her, as doing so would allow her to avoid a “bleak future.”
“perhaps through marriage they can lead a healthier, better life. and the person who was raped does not necessarily have a bleak future. she will have a husband, at least, and this could serve as a remedy to growing social problems,” he said, as quoted by Malaysian newspaper the star.
Shabudin’s comments have prompted hate speech online, including from fellow government minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan, who said he received the comments with “utter shock and disappointment.” report said.
Germany’s new law prohibits child marriages
Germany’s cabinet has concluded a new draft law banning child marriages following the recent refugee increase found brides even younger than 14 arrive in the country.
The proposed legal guidelines, drafted by Justice Minister Heiko Maas, sets the minimum age for marriage in Germany at 18 years and nullifies all existing marriages where a participant was under the age of 16 at the time of the ceremony. Courts would also be able to annul marriages in which one person was between 16 and 18 years old.
“We cannot tolerate any marriages that might harm the natural development of minors,” Maas said, adding that children “do not belong in the registry office or at the altar.”
The age of permission for all marriages in Germany was previously 16, with 18-year-olds made possible to marry 16-year-olds in some cases.
Child marriage in the US, data shows girls can get married at 12 in some parts of the US as lawmakers fight to increase authorized age to 16. In several states including Massachusetts, allow children to get married ‘in exceptional circumstances’ report said. Image Illustration Child Marriage. Photo: Pixabay.com