The roiling issue of child marriage is being swept under the carpet and being used as a "solution" to teenage pregnancy, according to a participant at a discussion on child marriage and statutory rape held last night.

At the event hosted by the NGOs Sisters in Islam (SIS) and Women's Aid Organisation (WAO), he pointed out that the census data for the year 2000 reported 6,800 girls below 15 years old as married, with Selangor, Penang, Malacca, Johor and Kedah being the top five states in descending order.