Good Shepherd Services (GSS) executive director Chin Poh Choo was asked to weigh in on the issue of raising the minimum marriage age to 18.
Her comments were published in The Star Online on September 29.
According to Chin, 18 years should be the minimum marriage age as this would enable the individuals to at least complete their secondary education before getting married.
She also dismissed the idea of child marriages as being a way out of poverty, especially for families living in rural areas.
"There should be no distinction between children in urban areas and rural areas. A child is still a child, regardless of where they come from.
"In fact, because children in rural areas are more vulnerable, all the more reason that protection should be extended to them," said Chin.
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