Man ready to face legal action for marrying 11-year-old girl

Che Mohd Karim said he doesn’t ‘feel guilty because we were married with the blessings from her father’. — Reuters pic
Che Mohd Karim said he doesn’t ‘feel guilty because we were married with the blessings from her father’. — Reuters pic

GUA MUSANG, July 3 — Che Mohd Karim Che Hamid said he was ready to face legal action for marrying an 11-year-old girl.

Che Mohd Karim, 41, said he had given full cooperation to the authorities involved in the investigations into the marriage.

However, he said he would not divorce her and was ready to wait for another five years until his wife reached the age of 16, which is the minimum legal marriage age for girls in Malaysia. before they could stay together.

“I don’t feel guilty because we were married with the blessings from her father,” he told reporters when met at Kampung Panggong Lalat here today.

Kelantan Syariah chief prosecutor Zaini Sulaiman was reported as saying that the rubber dealer could be charged under the Islamic Family Law Enactment 2002 for marrying the underage girl without the consent from the court and permission from his two other wives for polygamy.

Despite not staying together, Che Mohd Karim promised to take care of his third wife as well as his two other wives and six children.

“Even though my third wife is currently living with her parents, I will bear the expenses including giving her religious education,” he said.

Meanwhile in Kota Baru, PAS had urged the non-Muslim community not to blame Islam for the marriage.

PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man described the matter as an isolated case and could take place in any other parts of the world.

“It’s not about Islam but individual,” he told reporters at an Aidilfitri open house here. — Bernama