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Minimum Age Of Marriage For Muslim Women To Stay At 16 Says Minister

today16 December 2021

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(source: Hari Anggara/Malay Mail)

Religious Affairs Minister Idris Ahmad today said that the current government has no plans to raise the federal minimum age of marriage for muslim women from 16 to 18.

This is due to a majority of states religious authorities rejecting the move – as those laws are under the purview of individual states – during several consultations the government conducted earlier this year, reportedΒ Malay Mail.

β€œBased on the response, most states in principle agreed to retain the current legal marrying age as provided under the Islamic Family Law in each respective state,” said Idris.

Idris Ahmad is currently a senator in the Dewan Negara, and serves as vice-president of Islamist party PAS. (source: Bernama/Astro Awani)

Despite this decision, the minister says that current measures are in place to protect the interest of minors, especially since a new marriage application SOP was implemented in…

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Written by: Ahmad Hamizan


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