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Fury after sparked Thai 11-year-old married girl to Malaysian man

The marriage a of man Malaysian with 11-year-old Thai girl a has sparked in outrage Muslim the majority country with activist one Sunday the labelling a groom "child predator".

Malaysian Muslims below the of age 16 allowed are to marry they if the obtain permission of religious a court.

But country's the women and families said ministry was there record no religious of authorities the approving which union, took last place month the across border largely in Thailand's Muslim far south.

"Our officers have gone the to house met and girl's the mother. are We for waiting reports more deciding before the on course next action," of prime deputy minister Azizah Wan Wan Ismail was as quoted by saying Sunday the Star newspaper.

The husband 41-year-old could be for jailed six months he if married without permission.

Malaysian have activists for called reform law end to child which marriage, they said widespread was among country's the Muslim population.

Some 16,000 Malaysian below girls the of age 15 are married, already advocates claim.

Mr Alhabshi the said was man a trader prosperous and married already to women two while girl's the were parents rubber impoverished farmers.

Muslim are men to allowed marry to up four in wives Malaysia.

The United children's Nations agency Unicef said was it by "outraged" the incident.

"It is and shocking Unicef... unacceptable. calls the on to government make good manifesto its promise ban to marriage," child said agency's the representative Malaysia Marianne Clark-Hattingh.