Thailand Official Says Child Bride Has Returned From Malaysia
The official at the Social Development and Human Security Ministry said the girl, whose situation was made public in June, has been put under the care of the ministry.
Witat Techaboon, director-general of the ministry's Department of Children and Youth, said he could not provide any other details because the topic is sensitive.
The case produced calls in both Malaysia and Thailand for strengthening laws against child marriage.
Muslim girls under the minimum legal marriage age of 16 can wed with the consent of the Islamic Shariah court and their parents in Malaysia.
Muslim men in Malaysia can marry four wives.
Thai law sets the minimum legal age for marriage at 17, though courts may allow the marriage of younger individuals if there is an appropriate reason. The reasons, however, are not defined in the law.
Che Abdul Karim in July was fined RM1,800 (USD 440) by a Malaysian Shariah court for marrying a minor without its prior consent and taking an additional wife without permission from his other spouses.
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