Child marriages in moderate Malaysia
Apr 09, 2017
Malaysia couldn't outlaw child marriages.
The Malaysian parliament approved a bill on sexual offences against children without outlawing child marriage.
Opposition MP Teo Nie Ching had proposed banning child marriage, but her amendment failed to win support in parliament in the Muslim majority country.
Here's what one Muslim politician had to say:
"They reach puberty at the age of nine or 12. And at that time, their body is already akin to them being 18 years old. So physically and spiritually, it is not a barrier for the girl to marry," he said.
Nine or 12? Isn't he shrewd.