Malaysia MP: ‘Ok for rape victims to marry their rapists’

Source: BBC

A Malaysian MP has drawn outrage for saying it can be OK for rapists to marry their victims and that some 12-year-old girls were “physically and spiritually” ready to get married.

Shabudin Yahaya from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition said marriage could help victims “lead a better life”.

Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country, has just passed a new law on sexual offences against children.

Despite opposition efforts, the law does not ban child marriages.

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