KUALA LUMPUR - The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry will be forming a special task force to examine and address the issue of underage marriages.
In a statement, it said the task force would include academicians and child activists.
The ministry said that while parents and children looked at marriage as a solution to pre-marital sex, those who married young had a higher risk of ending up divorced which could lead to socio-economical, physical and mental issues.
According to the Malaysian Population and Housing Census by the Statistics Department, about 1.3% of total marriages involved couples aged between 15 and 19, with 0.6% of all divorces involving this group.
The ministry also detailed how underage couples would face many challenges such as being forced to leave school early to find a job to support the family, not having enough knowledge to raise a family and young wives who were still physically underdeveloped to bear a child.