Open the minds of young girls, not open their legs!

by Mariam Mokhtar

QUICK TAKE: If you want to destroy the future of any Malay Muslim girl in Malaysia, get her married-off. Her future will be swaddled in nappies, breast feeding, cooking, cleaning, and keeping her husband happy, in the bedroom.

Allowing the marriage of an underaged girl is lazy and irresponsible, parenting.

PAS says that underaged daughters, who are married off, will be “protected” from casual sex. Have they heard of sex education?

The conservative Malay MPs disagree with sex education, because these would encourage girls and boys to have free sex. How ignorant!

Well, how is it different from getting them married-off?

What makes the MPs think that a child marriage, which is built on a shaky foundation, will last?

It appears that the non-Malay and non-Muslim MPs have more concern for the welfare of girls below the age of 16. The MPs who are seen to protect the rights of children are from the DAP.

The Malay MPs of today, are a different breed from those who existed around Merdeka. Today’s MPs have shown, that the welfare, needs, education and well-being of women, are the least of their concerns. We have regressed, as a society.

Both Umno Baru and PAS politicians do not protect Malay women. They are more interested in keeping their political careers.

As a political party, PAS is definitely a washout. The PAS MP for Pasir Puteh, Nik Mazian Nik Mohamad said that sexually active girls, should be married-off, in order to contain their lust.

The PAS MP for Kuala Nerus, Khairuddin Aman Razali agreed, because he claimed that the girls would commit adultery.

No girl can commit adultery before she is married!

To add insult to injury, the BN MP for Kota Tinggi, Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd Haru Narrashid, said that underage marriages should be respected.

These irresponsible lawmakers also encourage fathers to consider child marriages.

A father worth his salt would ensure that his daughter is properly educated, so that she will have a bright future as any son. In the 21st Century, a girl needs to be economically and financially independent.

With MPs like these, women have a bleak future in Malaysia. Women will not be able to advance, and the Malay community will not prosper. Girls who are married-off do not have a childhood, nor a life.

The marriage of young girls to older men, is something which is common in sub-Saharan Africa, Afghanistan, the Yemen and Pakistan. Will Malaysia join this league of nations?

In Sabah, a poverty stricken father accepted money from his daughter’s rapist. The Syariah Court only became interested when the issue was highlighted by the child’s aunt.

The man sold-off his daughter’s future for RM10,000. She is open to abuse and may be dumped, when the husband tires of her and divorces her, or seeks another wife.

Child marriage is sexual abuse and a violation of human rights. It is child marriages today. Will it be honour killings tomorrow?

-The Ant Daily

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