Thai child bride re­turns from Malaysia af­ter out­cry

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - NATION -

BANGKOK: An 11-year-old child bride re­turned to Thai­land this week af­ter wide­spread out­cry over her mar­riage to a Malaysian man 30 years her se­nior, an of­fi­cial told AFP on Satur­day. Malaysian Mus­lims below the age of 16 are al­lowed to wed with the per­mis­sion of re­li­gious courts but the union be­tween the girl and the 41-year-old trader went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia and reignited calls to end child mar­riage. The cer­e­mony took place in June over the bor­der in Thai­land’s Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity south in Narathi­wat prov­ince, where the girl re­turned to on Wed­nes­day.

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