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- Mar 11, 2008
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Court must consider consequences when allowing underage marriages
By M. SHAMINEE
PETALING JAYA: The Syariah Court should be selective and exercise wisdom in giving consent for underage girls to get married, said Women, Family and Community Develop ment Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
She said the courts should examine the consequences and be responsible when granting consent because practices of underage marriages should not become a norm in the Malaysian society.
"I am aware that according Syariah laws, it (child marriage) is not wrong but is it the right thing to do?
"We must look into the long-term implications and the impact on the child and also the marriage," she said, referring to the recent marriage between 14-year-old Siti Maryam Mahmod and 23-year-old Abdul Manan Othman.
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