July 17, 2018

Sharia Court Fines Malaysian Man $450 for Marrying 11-year-old Thai Girl

A Malaysian man who married an 11-year-old Thai girl has been found guilty of polygamy and conducting a marriage without permission by a sharia court and fined $450. He was not charged with underage marriage.

Che Abdul Karim Che Abdul Hamid, who is 41-years-old and Muslim, already has two wives and six children.

The marriage, which took place in the Muslim-majority and conservative south of Thailand, drew outrage from Malays across social media and has rights groups pushing the government once again for the Malaysian government to outlaw child brides on the federal level.

As the law in Malaysia currently stands, Muslims girls can legally marry under the age of 16 with the consent of the parents and an Islamic court.

Some reports indicate that the parents of the girl–who are impoverished–might have agreed to allow the girl to marry Hamid due to financial incentives.

As of 2010, there were over 15,000 child brides in Malaysia.

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Social Development Ministry Gives Free Course for Thai Women with Foreign Husbands

According to the Chiang Rai Times, Thailand’s Social Development Ministry now offers a free course for Thai women who marry foreigners and move abroad.

The course teaches women about how to deal with culture shock, what their legal rights are, and how to seek help from Thai authorities if they need it.

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“Our course will teach women how to conduct themselves, about the laws of their destination country, and how to prepare before going”, senior ministry official Patcharee Arayakul said, adding that the course would “reduce the risks of women being scammed or being a victim of human trafficking”.

Ralf Wacker, A German national whose wife took the course, said that the Thai government should offer something similar for Westerners. “If the Western man does not understand the family dynamics, this can cause a lot of problems”, he said.

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