Re: “Thailand: Islamic leader to increase age for Muslims to marry”, Bernama, December 12.
The report says that, “Thailand’s top Muslim leader is expected to raise the minimum age of marriage without parental consent from 15 to 17 – effective Friday [today] – following an international outcry over the wedding of an 11-year-old girl in June, officials said Wednesday.”
As I read this, they are raising the minimum age to marry “without parental consent” from 15 to 17. But the minimum age with parental consent isn’t mentioned. Am I missing something?
It sounds like that 50-year-old guy can still buy the parents’ consent and then marry the 11-year-old girl.
According this change to the “Muslim” law, the young girls can still be “bought” from the parents – as long as parental consent is secured first.
Why not instead allow the poor girls to have a voice – under law – to legally refuse marriage regardless of whether the parents consent to it. The girls’ consent should be foremost.