Call for Probe After Malaysia Girl Bride Is Hospitalized

Minister rips 'reckless, irresponsible' incident
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2010 3:15 AM CDT
Updated Mar 15, 2010 3:47 AM CDT
Former child bride Nujood Ali, a 10-year old Yemeni girl, and her lawyer Shada Nasser leave the stage after being honored at the Glamour Women of the Year awards in 2008.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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(Newser) – A Malaysian minister has called for an investigation into child marriages after an 11-year-old bride ended up in a hospital suffering from shock. The girl was snatched from her home by a 41-year-old man who had received permission from her parents to marry her, reports AP. She was later found dazed and abandoned outside a mosque.

Women's Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil called the incident "reckless and irresponsible." Men must receive special permission from an Islamic court to marry girls under the age of 16 in the Muslim nation, a protocol ignored in this case.

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