Young ladies as youthful as nine seem to be “physically and profoundly” prepared for marriage, a Malaysian MP says, likewise guaranteeing there’s “nothing incorrectly” with females wedding their rapist. It comes after Malaysia neglected to criminalize underaged marriage in a current law.
They achieve pubescence at nine years old or 12. What’s more, around then, their body is as of now similar to them being 18 years of age. So physically and profoundly, it is not an obstruction for the young lady to wed,” Shabudin Yahaya, an individual from the Barisan Nasional Coalition, told Parliament on Tuesday, as cited by Reuters.
He went ahead to state there is “nothing incorrectly” with an assault casualty wedding the man who assaulted her, as doing as such would permit her to stay away from a “somber future.”
“Maybe through marriage they can lead a more advantageous, better life. Furthermore, the individual who was assaulted does not really have a hopeless future. She will have a spouse, at any rate, and this could fill in as a solution for developing social issues,” he stated, as cited by Malaysian daily paper the Star.
Shabudin’s remarks have incited shock internet, including from kindred government serve Abdul Rahman Dahlan, who said he got the remarks with “absolute stun and dissatisfaction.”
However, it appears Shabudin isn’t the only MP in favor of child marriages. A proposal by an opposition member in parliament to amend the Sexual Offenses Against Children bill to include a ban on child marriages was struck down on Tuesday.
Under Islamic law, children younger than 16 can get married if the Sharia courts allow it.
Malaysia’s civil law sets the minimum age of marriage at 18, but those above 16 can be married with the permission of their state’s chief minister.
Despite failing to criminalize child marriage, parliament did pass a law on Tuesday which criminalizes ‘grooming’, the touching and befriending of children with the intent to sexually abuse them, and outlines penalties for making and possessing pornography involving those under the age of 18.
A special court will also be set up to deal with child sexual abuse cases more quickly.
The vast majority of child sexual abuse in Malaysia does not result in successful prosecutions, largely due to weaknesses in the criminal justice system, Reuters reported last year.
Only 140 of the 12,987 cases of child sexual abuse cases reported to authorities between 2012 and July 2016 resulted in convictions.