MALACCA: The Malacca Islamic Religious Council has agreed to allow male Muslims below 18 and female Muslims below 16 in the state to wed.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam, the council's chairman, said the decision was taken to reduce the number of cases involving babies born out of wedlock and increasing cases of adultery.
He said the leeway would only be given upon gaining the permission of the Syariah Court as well as the families of the teenagers.
The decision was taken based on the resolutions submitted by delegates at a conference on combating social ills recently.
"The state government is of the view that it is better for parents to give permission for their teen children to marry at a young age.
"It is a practical move in preventing cases of unwed teenage mothers and other social problems," he said after launching the Ramadan Comprehension Seminar here yesterday, where he also handed zakat collectors letters of appointment and launched the Malacca State Mosque book.
Ali, said marriages involving young girls who were already pregnant would also be allowed but the fine would be determined by the Syariah Court.
In the state alone, 174 Muslim women gave birth outside wedlock in the first six months of the year, compared with 391 cases for the same period last year. All the women this year were students aged below 20.
An excerpt adapted from NST, 3 August 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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