New Thai Law Seeks to Protect Underage Muslim Girls Who Marry

by admin on November 26, 2018

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The Central Islamic Council of Thailand (CICT) has drafted legislation that would increase the protections of teenage Muslim girls who marry.

The CICT, which focuses on protecting the rights of Muslim women, now has the final say on whether or not an underage Muslim girl can marry or not.

The panel will decide whether or not the underage marriage is in the girl’s best interest as well as make sure that the parents have consented.

Also, according to the drafted bill, provincial Islamic offices now must have at least one staffer whose sole duty is to hear complaints of violence against married Muslim teens.

In Muslim communities, sometimes religious practices can lead to domestic violence in the household.

According to Thailand marriage lawyers, the new rule is being pushed through government after a huge public outrage ensued earlier this year when a 41-year-old Malaysian man married an 11-year-old Thai girl in a Sharia court.

The law, however, would not end or raise the minimum age of child marriages in the country.

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