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Malaysian MP Insists 9-Year-Old Girls Physically and Spiritually "Ready for Marriage"
Girls as young as nine are “physically and spiritually” ready for
marriage, a Malaysian MP says, also claiming there’s “nothing wrong”
with females marrying their rapists. It comes after Malaysia failed to
criminalize child marriage in a recent law.
“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,”
Shabudin Yahaya, a member of the Barisan Nasional Coalition, told Parliament on Tuesday, as quoted by Reuters.
He went on to say there is “nothing wrong” with a rape victim marrying the man who raped her, as doing so would allow her to avoid a “bleak future."