Stopping child marriage in Malaysia

By Jeffrey Hardy Quah, Photography Karl Cheow

July 2013 FEATURE
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The country was rocked when the news from Sabah came in May: a 40-year-old man had been charged with raping a 12-year-old girl. That alone would have been horrific enough. Then it emerged that the alleged rapist, Riduan Masmud, went on to take the victim as his second wife in exchange for the dropping of charges, complete with her parents’ and his first wife’s consent.The outrage since then has been palpable and brought up tough questions on the legality of...

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Jeffrey Hardy Quah

is a freelance writer and editor.

Photography Karl Cheow