Lawyer: Say no to child marriages

PETALING JAYA - United Nation's Committee on the Rights of the Child member Yasmeen Shariff has urged the Syariah Court not to be too quick in granting consent for underage marriages.

Yasmeen, a child rights lawyer, said children's groups rejected underage marriage as most teens were not mature enough for the responsibilities and it deprived them of education.

Yasmeen also urged the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry to provide support and proper counselling to parents on underage marriage.