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Supreme court approval required for underage marriage

The supreme court has introduced new rules requiring the family court to seek its approval before registering marriages involving minors. In accordance with Islamic sharia, the Maldives’ family law allows children under the age of 18 who have reached puberty to get married with a special permission from the family court.

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Man fined MVR200 for assaulting wife

The man was charged under the old penal code, which carries a penalty of either six months in prison or house arrest, or a fine of MVR200 for assault. The new penal prescribes jail terms of up to four years but the constitution prohibits imposing a more severe penalty than the one applicable at the time the offence was committed.

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