A secret Islamic marriage between an 11-year-old Thai girl and a 41-year-old Malaysian Muslim in Malaysia has sparked public outrage and calls for child brides to be banned completely.
The Muslim Rubber scrap dealer locally known as Che Abdul Karim Che Abdul Hamid secretly married the girl as his third wife in Thailand, and the union became public after one of his wives lodged a complaint with police, the wife was not in favour of the barbaric idea considering the origin of the girl being from Thailand. The Malaysian authorities are now investigating the union due to the public outcry.
Muslim girls under the minimum legal marriage age of 16 can wed with the consent of the Shariah court and their parents. Muslim men in Malaysia can marry four wives.
Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the marriage was illegal as it had not been approved by the Shariah court. She is meeting officials to discuss the issue, her aide said.
Photos on social media showed the groom holding the girl’s hand after the marriage ceremony. Local media said Che Abdul Karim, who is also an imam in a rural village in northeast Kelantan state, already has two wives and six children aged between 5 and 18. The new wife is around same age as one of his own kids.
He told local news agency that his marriage was lawful and approved by the girl’s parents, who are poor rubber tappers in Malaysia. He has said he will only formalise the marriage in Malaysia when the girl turns 16 and that she will stay with her parents until then.
The girl was also quoted as saying by local media that she doesn’t understand the fuss over her marriage as she is in love with Che Abdul Karim. – Sound like a prep statement from the rubber man through the mouth of the kid.
Wan Azizah has told local media that officials are investigating if the parents approved the marriage due to poverty. She said an initial investigation showed the girl, who doesn’t attend school, was wooed twice and that her mother had told the man the girl was too young and asked for the marriage to be consummated only when she turns 16.
She also said the girl’s elder brother was grappling with juvenile problems, adding to the complexity of the issue.
Activists have urged the government to raise the minimum age for marriage to 18.
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia expressed concern that allowing child marriage in the name of religion might “provide cover for paedophiles and child sexual predators.”
The National Human Rights Society said government data showed there were as many as 15,000 Malaysian child brides in 2010 and called for laws to criminalise child marriage to protect minors.
Muslims world wide defend this barbaric practise because prophet mohhamed did the same in his days. other religion evolved away from barbarism but Islam still stays in the dark ages. The Prophet is a perfect example for all Muslims.
One aspect of Muhammad’s example which delighted Muslim men have eagerly followed for 1,400 years was his taking a child bride. When around 50 years of age, Muhammad was betrothed to six-year-old Aisha. The marriage was consummated when Muhammad had sex with her at the age of 9.
A move to ban child marriages in Pakistan was withdrawn after meeting staunch resistance from a religious body, which branded the bill as “anti-Islamic”. in other words protetcing a child is ‘anti-Islamic’ but raping and molesting a child is “Islamic” because the prophet did it.
The ruling party politician who introduced the bill, Marvi Menon of the Pakistan Muslim League party, withdrew it after the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) dubbed the bill “blasphemous”. and even so called British Muslims supports the idea claiming it wasnt abuse or exploitation, very laughable indeed. But they are definitely from another planet from the rest of the world.