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In Malaysia, religious concerns stall child
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“There might be pressures from the outside, but this is where you have to be strong,” says Saira, not her real name, about resisting the unlikely marriage proposal. Lobbyists pressuring the government to criminalize child marriage “were getting quite a lot of momentum” at one stage, says Tham Hui Ying, vice president of Malaysia’s Association of Women Lawyers. It’s religious,” so politicians are “not going to push to outright ban child marriage,” she says. read more


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