A former UN committee member on the Rights of the Child, Sanphasit Koompraphant, is urging the police of both Malaysia and Thailand to take legal action against the 41 year old Malaysian man immediately who has ‘married’ an 11 year old Thai girl in Narathiwat province. He says the marriage has clearly violated the laws.
He was responding to a report that the Malaysian man had gone across the border from Gua Musang in Malaysia’s Kelantan to the Sungai Kolok district of Narathiwat province in Thailand to have the marriage solemnised with the Thai girl.
The man, whose name has not been revealed, already has two wives and six children and is said to be the imam in a village there.
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His children are said to be between five and 18 years old and one of them is even friends with the girl. The young bride has never been to school. It was reported that he had exploited loopholes in Thai laws, as it is illegal to wed an underaged child in Malaysia.
The Star reported that the parents had agreed to the marriage but had imposed a “condition” that their daughter would only be allowed to live with the “husband” when she turns 16.
The case became a hot topic in Malaysia when the man’s second wife posted photographs of him and the girl and their alleged solemnisation ceremony.
Sanphasit said the man would have committed a criminal offence if he had sexual relations with a child under 13-15 years old. “The act violates the law as he would be considered as raping the child under 13 years of age, no matter with or without the child’s consent,” he said.
The punishment is more than 10 years in jail.
According to Sanphasit, many wrongly believe that in the four deep South provinces of Thailand, Islamic laws on family and wills that allow such a marriage could be applied to this case. He said Islamic laws could apply only in a civil case, not a criminal case like this.
He called on the police of Thailand and Malaysia to arrest the man and have him extradited to Thailand to face legal action.
“Apart from committing a serious criminal offence, the man could be charged with child abuse under the Child’s Protection Act.”
Referring to reports that the girl’s parents had permitted the marriage or even were present at the ceremony, Sanphasit said that they, too, would be considered to have committed a crime for allegedly failing to properly raise their child and exposing the child to the risk of becoming pregnant before the proper age.
“If the parents received endowment from the man, they would have violated the anti-human trafficking act as they would have handed over the child to wed the man for monetary benefit.”
The Malaysian believes that he has not committed any offence under Islamic law as he had sought advice from religious authorities in southern Thailand.
Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said recently that the marriage was illegal because the marriage had not received the consent of the Malaysian Syariah court as the girl was under the minimum legal age for marriage.
According to the Malaysian Islamic Family Law Enactment, the minimum legal age for marriage is 18 for a male and 16 for a female.
National Human Rights Commission member Angkhana Neelapaijit said that this was not the first case, as Malaysians who wanted to wed an underaged girl usually came to Thailand.
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Weather warning for summer storms in upper Thailand
The Thai Meteorological Department has announced weather warnings for potential summer storms in upper Thailand.
They say a high-pressure system from China will extend to, and meet, the hot weather over upper Thailand.
“From March 31 – April 3, outbreaks of summer thunderstorms will be likely in the upper country.”
Thunderstorms, gusty winds and hail are possible, first in the Northeast region and then East, Central and the Northern regions.
“Please stay safe from the severe conditions by keeping away from open areas, big trees and unsecured billboards whilst storms are brewing. Farmers are advised to prepare for crop damage.”Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Pattaya’s “sex gurus” ordered to remain in detention as they continue fight
Ten Russian self-appraised ‘sex gurus’ at the centre of a sex-techniques course held in Pattaya in February have been ordered to remain in detention by the Pattaya Court.
The Thai News Agency are reporting that eight of the ten involved in offering the course appeared in court at the end of last week. The Court asked if they admitted their crimes – they all denied it. The eight also informed the Court that they had instructed lawyers to fight their cases. They were then taken back to jail to await their next day in court.
One person is charged with overstay, three with illegal entry and all ten, “working without a work permit”.
They were arrested on February 26 in a Pattaya Sai 2 Road hotel where they were allegedly conducting courses on sex techniques to 43 Russians who had paid 20,000 baht each.
The group were led by 35 year old “Alex Leslie” and “Nastya Rubka”. Nasty (aka Anastasia Vashukevich) later tried to trade her freedom for information about meddling in the US elections claiming she had connections with Russian oligarchs.
The location of Alex and Nastya is not mentioned in the TNA story but they are understood to remain in detention in Bangkok whilst investigations in to their claims continues.
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“Not for sale at any price” – Mu Pa Academy VP
In the wake of 13 of their young footballers being rescued from the Tham Luang caves, TNA reports that some of the world’s biggest football clubs are showing interest in actually buying the Mu Pa football academy.
But the club’s vice president and manager Kittipong Intaechai says, despite the interest, his club is not for sale at any price.
Mr Intaechai notes the purpose of the academy is to help improve the lives of local boys in Chiang Rai through playing football, not to make money. Mr Intaechai is also warning the public about buying ‘Wild Boar’ souvenirs. In the aftermath of the rescue many souvenirs have been created that include the logo and name of the Wild Boar team.
“These have not been produced by the club but instead by people hoping to cash in on the back of the success of the rescue operation.”
While none of the clubs supposedly interested in buying the Wild Boars were named in the TNA report, teams from the around the world have offered support and gifts to the boys following their rescue from the cave.
German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich recently sent well wishes to the boys along with 13 replica jerseys which have ‘Moopa Academy’ printed on the back.
Manchester United previously invited the boys to their Old Trafford stadium and Carrington training base, while Portugal’s Benfica has also offered the boys an all expenses paid trip to train at its academy in Seixal, near Lisbon.
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