A roundtable by state agencies in Kelantan has determined that underage marriage is a necessity and in accordance with Islamic laws, reported Utusan Malaysia.
This was part of the seven resolutions tabled during the discussions on Nov 28.
The roundtable rejected two United Nations conventions on children and women, which did not allow for children under 18 to be married.
Stakeholders at the roundtable contended that the two conventions were not suitable for Muslims in Kelantan as there were social ills.
The state, they said, also had strict laws before agreeing to child marriages and there was no need to amend these.
The current Islamic Family Law Enactment of Kelantan sets the minimum marriageable age at 18 for boys and 16 for girls.