Tag: Child Marriage

Move to End Child Marriage in Malaysia

Sisters in Islam (SIS) calls upon the Malaysian government to take proactive measures in making necessary legal amendments, and rolling out necessary ground initiatives to end child marriage for all children in Malaysia, with no exceptions. We echo the fatwa, recently issued by Al-Azhar which states that, “marriage in Islam is based on the consent…

Underage Marriage Continues to Haunt Malaysia

Sisters in Islam (SIS) is appalled to learn that Kelantan Syariah courts had approved 10 underage marriages between January 2018 and January 2019. When averaged, this indicates that at least one underage marriage took place almost every month in the state. It is therefore ironic that Kelantan Syariah Court judge Abu Bakar Abdullah Kutty mentions…

Terengganu Child Marriage Numbers Alarms SIS

Sisters in Islam (SIS) is alarmed about claims made by the Terengganu Syariah Court chief judge Wan Mohd Zakri today that there were 444 applications for underaged marriages between 2013 to 2018 in the state, 397 of which were approved. This number is clear evidence that injustice and abuse is being perpetuated in the state.…

Angka Perkahwinan Kanak-Kanak di Terengganu Membimbangkan SIS

Sisters in Islam (SIS) amat bimbang dengan  dakwaan yang dibuat oleh Ketua Hakim Mahkamah Syariah Terengganu, Wan Mohd Zakri bahawa terdapat 444 permohonan  perkahwinan bawah umur di antara tahun 2013 hingga 2018 di negeri tersebut, dan 397 daripadanya telah diluluskan. Angka ini jelas menunjukkan bahawa berlaku ketidakadilan dan penyalahgunaan kuasa  di negeri tersebut. Menurut Jabatan…

Perkahwinan Kanak-Kanak Tidak Harus Dipertahankan

Sisters in Islam amat khuatir dengan pendirian Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan yang enggan menaikkan had umur perkahwinan kepada 18 tahun malah menganggap perkahwinan kanak-kanak adalah satu keperluan. Sekali lagi, ini menunjukkan sikap tidak serius Kerajaan Negeri dalam menangani isu perkahwinan kanak-kanak yang sememangnya suatu isu kritikal dan yang memerlukan tindakan segera. Tindakan ini meletakkan wanita dan…

High price to pay for lack of political will

The fact that child marriage continues to happen in Malaysia underscores the reality that the price that girls have to pay for our government’s lack of political will with regards to this issue is a devastating one. Highlighting two recent cases in Tumpat, Kelantan, both involving 15-year-old girls who married men far older than them,…

Walk the Talk to End Child Marriage

Over 200 students and members of the public turned up for a rally today in a roaring show of support to end child marriage in Bandar Sunway. The event, jointly organised by The Body Shop Malaysia, Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), Sisters in Islam (SIS), and the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL), marked the launch of…

Child Bride Falls Between The Cracks For Lack of Political Will

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is outraged that Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is the Deputy Prime Minister and Women, Family and Community Development Minister, still insists that further investigation is needed to gather evidence in order to charge the 41-year-old Kelantanese man who married an 11-year-old Thai girl.…

Do Not Use Islam to Justify Child Marriage

Sisters in Islam (SIS) upholds that there can be no acceptable circumstance which can allow child marriage to take place in our country today, given our ambitions for comprehensive and inclusive socio-economic progress and modernity. It is therefore imperative that the government is seen to lead a cultural and social mind shift in order to ensure…

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