Early Marriage

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Getting married at a young age is not new in our society, especially amongst the Malay communities. The phenomenon of early marriage seems to be a trend and lifestyle among young people today, especially those who live in rural areas. In the early twenties of the age they have begun talking and thinking about marriage. For some, they accept and assume this as common in Malay traditions and communities, but for others, they consider that this situation and phenomenon should be changed as in line with current developments. However, as we all know, there must be solid and concrete reasons of why people do something, even though those things are something bizarre or unusual from our point of view. So, when there are early marriages happen between the teens with range of 18 to 23 years old, the most common and usual causes that we often hear are lack of education among the young people, teens who are deeply in love with their partners although they are still studying, and there are even families who demand for a higher economic and social status by marrying their girls to someone else. First thing first, the early marriages happen because of the lack of education among the teenagers themselves. Maybe because of they do not even want to study or maybe because of the family matters. Though the respective governments is doing much to make it compulsory for the parents to send their children to school, there are still groups that act against the law. They do not even home-schooled their children. One query that makes me wondering about this is; why did they do that? Is it because of their financial problems that force them not to schooling their kids? Or do they feel that education is such a frivolous thing so that they do not even have to waste their money to let their children to gain knowledge? So, when they are doing idle at home, their parents start searching for suitable partners to marry them especially with their teen girls. The society actually cannot blame the...
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