Underage divorces is a thing, and Johor leads in number of non-Muslim cases

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  • Thursday, 06 Aug 2020

PETALING JAYA: Johor has the highest number of divorce cases involving underage non-Muslim couples, with six of the 18 cases nationwide since 2016, says the Home Ministry.

The six underage divorces (33.3%) occurred between 2016 and June 30,2020.

During the same period, Sarawak recorded five divorces (27.8%), it said at the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday (Aug 6).

Kuala Lumpur had three cases (16.7%), Pahang had two (11%), while Perak and Selangor had one case each.

“The National Registration Department (NRD) is only responsible for registering marriage and divorce for non-Muslim couples in line with the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) 1976 Act.

“The NRD updates a marriage record through a divorce decree or an annulment of marriage issued by the High Court for non-Muslim couples.

“Meanwhile the marriage and divorce of Muslim couples is the responsibility of the respective state’s Islamic departments, ” said the Home Ministry in a written reply dated Aug 5.

This was in response to a question by Abdul Latiff Abdul Rahman (PAS-Kuala Krai), who asked about the number of divorces involving underage couples according to states.

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