10 Aug '18, 3am

Girl, 11, who married 41-year-old Malaysian man sent back to Thailand

Girl, 11, who married 41-year-old Malaysian man sent back to Thailand

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The 11-year-old Thai girl who married a 41-year-old Malaysian man has been sent back to Thailand and is now in the southern province of Narathiwat, according to a Thai source. The source, who is a social activist, said the Kelantan state government sent her back on Wednesday (Aug 8). The Thai authorities received her and she is now under the care of the Social Development and Human Security Ministry. "The ministry is supposed to protect the girl and rehabilitate her. It's right for the Thai government to take the girl back, but they have to have a long-term plan. The girl's family is poor and no one would care for them," the activist said. While the ministry would shelter her, he said that there was concern that religious bodies might threaten the ministry and pressure it to let her remain with the man. The issue surfaced after t...

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