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.