THE BORNEO POST – Sarawak recorded the second most number of underage marriage applications from Muslim couples after Kelantan.

Terengganu is ranked third.

Pre-marital pregnancy is the main reason behind these underage marriage, lamented Aishah Edris, executive secretary of Sarawak Women and Family Council.

Other factors are lack of parental guidance and the social environment.

A study on underage marriage amongst muslims conducted by the Council from 2011 to 2012 revealed that the number of marriage applications by underage Muslim couples increased every year.

According to ‘Ordinan Undang-Undang Keluarga Islam 2001’, underage Muslim girls are those below the age of 16, while for boys it’s below 18.