15-year-old girl becomes 44-year-old Rela member's second wife

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A 44-year-old man has taken a 15-year-old girl as his second wife in Tumpat, Kelantan.

The man who is a father of two is also a Rela member.

The marriage was approved by the syariah court and the "akad nikah" (solemnisation of vows) was held at the Masjid Kampung Laut in Tumpat in July, the New Starits Times reported today.

 

The girl's parents consented to the marriage due to poverty, the report said.

They run a small sundry shop in front of their home. They have 13 children.

"No parent wants to see his or her child live in hardship. We do not want our daughter to live in difficulty as we did, raising 13 children," the newspaper quoted the girl's father as saying.

"We want our children to live a more comfortable life, and this includes our youngest daughter.

"Her siblings are all married and now have their own lives. We know that she is underage, but we only want the best for her."

The girl, who only studied up to Form One, agreed to the marriage.

"Honestly, I don't mind what people say about me. The most important thing is that I'm happy with my husband, and I will try to make him happy for the rest of my life," the report quoted her as saying.

This is the second recent reported case of child marriage in Kelantan. An 11-year-old girl was married to a 41-year-old man in Sungai Golok on June 18 as his third wife.

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