KOTA BARU: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be attending a special multi-agency meeting today to discuss the controversial marriage between an 11-year-old migrant girl and a 41-year-old local man.
Kelantan Welfare Department director Said Sidup said the meeting would be held at the Deputy Prime Minister’s office in Parliament House.
“We have already sent a preliminary report to Dr Wan Azizah based on the findings of our officers, who met the girl and her parents (in Gua Musang) on Saturday.
“The case warrants the involvement of various agencies because it involves migrants and the alleged wedding took place abroad,” he said here yesterday.
In Kuala Lumpur, Dr Wan Azizah said the marriage was illegal because the union had not received the consent of the Syariah Court as the girl was below the minimum legal age for marriage.
“The marriage is not legal and they must be separated,” Bernama quoted her as saying after launching a Hari Raya open house with 2,000 asnaf (zakat recipient) orphans.
It was organised by Insaf Malaysia at the Setiawangsa mini stadium here yesterday.
According to the Islamic Family Law Enactment, which applies in all states, the minimum legal age for marriage is 18 for a male and 16 for a female.
Those under the legal minimum age will only be permitted to get married if they get the consent of the Syariah Court and their parents.
Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said her ministry’s officials were still unable to locate the groom.
In the meantime, she said the child marriage issue should be viewed in a holistic manner to determine whether such a case involved any elements of paedophilia, child exploitation and child pornography.
She said it was time for the minimum age for marriage for females to be increased from 16 to 18.
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