Child marriages and the right to education: The legal and social perspectives

Maheran, Makhtar and Nor Aida, Ab. Kadir (2019) Child marriages and the right to education: The legal and social perspectives. International Journal of Law, Government and Communication, 4 (15). pp. 18-26. ISSN 0128-1763

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Recently, Malaysians were alarmed with the shocking news of a marriage between 11-year-old Thai girl and a 41-year-old Kelantanese man that took place in Thailand. Though the marriage was valid as it fulfilled all the requirements under Islamic Law, it could not be registered in Malaysia without the consent of a Syariah Court as the bride was below the minimum age permitted by Malaysian Law. The man was prosecuted and received a penalty, but the girl remains as a wife. Being a wife, she would shoulder a lot of responsibilities and must also be able to sacrifice a lot of things. It was reported that the man allowed the girl to continue religious schooling, but it was declined by the latter. Without sufficient knowledge and experience, the girl’s future would solely depend on her husband and the parent. Thus, this research paper aims to study on the issue of child marriages in Malaysia and how it would affect children legally and physiologically. This paper also intends to examine on the right to education with special reference to married children. This research paper adopts qualitative methodology by examining relevant statutory provisions, decided cases, international treaties and articles from selected journals. It is therefore suggested that special care should be placed on the married children, particularly on their right to education and their right to be able to hold the future at their own hands.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Right To Education-Children-Marriage
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law & International Relations
Depositing User: Fatin Safura
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2022 06:28
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2022 06:28

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