Underage marriage: Federal govt won’t intervene in Kelantan decision

Underage marriage: Federal govt won’t intervene in Kelantan decision

KOTA BHARU: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry (KPWKM) did not intervene in the Kelantan government’s decision not to raise the marriage age limit for minors.

The Prime Minister’s Department Deputy Minister Fuziah Salleh, however, said the state government had to abide by the law, especially on the appointment of the high court judges as the decision-maker on any marriage application.

“The assigned judges will be able, among others, to obtain information on the family’s economic status, the health status of the bride and groom, and the marriage-related knowledge of the young couple involved.

“The judge also has the right to reject the application if the applicant does not comply with the stipulated rules,” she told a media conference after officiating the closing ceremony of the Underage Marriage: Between Hope and Reality Conference in Kota Bharu, Kelantan today.

Bernama


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