Lawmaker says it’s okay for rapists to marry child victims; sparks outrage

KUALA LUMPUR  — A Malaysian lawmaker who said it was okay for rape victims to marry their rapist and claimed that some nine-year-olds were “physically and spiritually” ready for marriage has come in for some strong criticism.

Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya, in trying to refute Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (Amanah-Kota Raja), told the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday that some 12- and 15-year-old girls looked older than their actual ages.

“When we discuss the 12 and 15-year-old, we don’t see their physical bodies because some children aged 12 or 15 have bodies like 18-year-old women,” Shabudin cliamed.

The former Syariah court judge said some girls – who reached puberty when they were as young as nine – were “physically and spiritually” ready for marriage.

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