Almost every nation across the world deals with the heinous problem of child marriage. It’s such a global problem that goes beyond the barriers of cultures, religions, countries, and ethnicities to ruin lives. Studies suggest that about one in five girls are married off before they reach the age of 18. With countries like Nigeria, Bangladesh, Mali, and Nepal leading the list, this time the act took place in Malaysia.
The current legal age of marriage in Malaysia is 18 but according to the Islamic sharia courts, girls can marry at the age of 16. However, they have to take permission from the state’s chief minister. It is because the official religion of the country is Islam.
Recently, an 11-year-old girl was married off to a man of 41. Naturally, that sparked outrage not only inside the country but internationally too. Soon Malaysian government started looking into the matter and stated that the local religious authorities don’t have any record of the marriage.
The Twitterati fumed with rage once the picture of the marriage went viral. It showed the adult groom holding the hand of his child bride after the ceremony. Here’s the image:
The girl’s family is from the Malaysian state of Kelantan and is involved in the profession of tapping rubber from trees. The groom is a considerably well-off trader, hence the marriage was arranged. Marrying off girls at a young age due to financial burden is one of the common reasons behind this global problem.
However, this is not the first time the man is getting married. He already has two wives and six children. The sad part is that his kids are aged between five and 18 whereas the age of his new bride is just 11.
While speaking to a local media the main stated that he is disappointed at people who are criticizing him. He says that though he is involved in child marriage but won’t stay with the girl until she is 16-year-old. This is what he said:
‘I was disappointed with various criticisms and allegations made against me in the social media after I took her as my third wife.’
This is how the social media showed their outrage:
An inevitable consequence of tolerating and giving free hand to those who follow a belief that, in large part, appears to accept the treatment of all females as mere chattels, for any purpose…whatever the age.
— blanzo64 (@blanzo641) July 1, 2018
Wording is everything, 20 years ago, the headline would be paedophile wants to marry 11 year old. It seems our growing “tolerance” is now for the perpetrator and not the victim. Where are the equality brigade and the wo0mens rights groups, NOWHERE, cowards.
— Antonio Zola (@AntonioZola6) July 1, 2018
Just Malaysia? Don’t think so!!!!!!
— Colin sherlock (@nocylad) July 1, 2018
This is so wrong and outrage is great if it stops it from happening to other children. However, laws are a better way of dealing with such situations, with long prison sentences for every adult involved.
— Proudbrit🇬🇧 (@jv_uk2011) July 1, 2018
These are sick people, let the kids have their childhood, there are plenty of adults aroundto marry!
— Derek Edwards (@derekae333) July 1, 2018
Paedophilia, call it any other name but that is what this is. There are no records or permission given about this, State or Sharia, so this is considered illegal. He already has 2 wives & 6 kids. Mucky alley cat.
— Gazym (@Ragsmysy) July 1, 2018
What a disgusting world we live in.
— PWTC (@PWTC13) July 1, 2018
Appreciate the extreme poverty of the family concerned & that they see this union as being ultimately in best interest of daughter. But, this is child abuse. She is far too young.
— Ja Ne Nicholas (@islandjenx) July 1, 2018
Outrage in Malaysia? It should cause worldwide outrage fgs! When did Sharia law trump the laws of individual countries? These people are paedophiles hiding behind their religion.
— Denise Venn (@SimplyVeggie) July 1, 2018
This should outrage the world!!!!
— simple thinking (@Monteilsix) July 1, 2018
What are your thoughts on this incident of child marriage?