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Courts, MBs to no longer have final say on child marriage

Bernama  |  Published:  |  Modified:

The government will establish a standard operating procedure for marriage involving minor which would no longer subject only to the consent of the court, chief minister or minister.

Rodziah Ismail, the political secretary to the women, family and community development minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, said under the new SOP both the men and women must go through several tests.

“The tests include on health and education to ensure the wellbeing of a family,” she told reporters here today.

Rodziah said the SOP would be endorsed by the ministry in two weeks’ time.

The new SOP came in the wake of the recent uproar over the case of a 41-year-old man who married an 11-year-old girl as his third wife in southern Thailand.

Meanwhile in Kota Bharu, Kelantan Social Welfare Department director Said Sidup said the department was preparing a report on the marriage between the man and the underage girl.

“The report would be submitted soon to Wan Azizah for further action,” he said when contacted here.

- Bernama

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