Malaysia's child brides....


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Jul 4, 2016
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Malaysia's child brides
Men accused of rape are marrying their alleged victims in order to avoid prosecution.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Men accused of raping underage girls in Malaysia are marrying their alleged victims to try to avoid criminal charges, a child rights group says.

Activists have renewed their calls to ban child marriage in the southeast Asian nation after it emerged that a man charged with raping a 14-year-old girl was allowed to marry her.

A judge initially dismissed the case after learning of the marriage, but a higher court has since ruled that the man must face trial.

Sharmila Sekaran, the chairperson of Voice of the Children, said there had been a number of cases in the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak where men accused of raping young girls had married their alleged victims.

... often avoided prosecution because rape within marriage is not illegal in Malaysia.

In Malaysia, the marrying age is 16 for Muslim girls and 18 for Muslim boys. However, they can marry before if they get permission from their parents and the Shariah courts.

For non-Muslims, the minimum age is 18, but girls as young as 16 can marry if they obtain permission from their state's chief minister.
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