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Thai child bride returns from Malaysia after outcry

AFP  |  Bangkok 

An 11-year-old child bride returned to this week after widespread outcry over her to a Malaysian man 30 years her senior, an said today.

Malaysian Muslims below the age of 16 are allowed to wed with the permission of religious courts but the union between the girl and the 41-year-old went viral on and reignited calls to end child

The ceremony took place in June over the border in Thailand's Muslim-majority south in province, where the girl returned to Wednesday after "immense pressure from Malaysian media", the told AFP.

The 11-year-old is believed to be the trader's third wife.

Suraporn said she is undergoing mental health counselling because of the intense level of attention.

He added that the was not recognised under Buddhist-majority Thailand's but it took place under the auspices of an in and that her parents gave consent.

"We cannot do anything (to annul the marriage) because they married under the religious law," he said.

The trader, however, could face six months in jail if it is found that he did not get permission in

The 11-year-old was born in to parents who labour in Malaysia's vast and Suraporn said she doesn't speak Thai well.

Malaysian activists in the multiethnic and predominantly Muslim country say some 16,000 girls below the age of 15 are already married.

A of the children's agency has condemned the case as "shocking and unacceptable" and called on the new government to ban child marriage.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 14:10 IST