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“28898”,”3/16/2005 9:06″,”05BANGKOK1924″,

 

“Embassy Bangkok”,”UNCLASSIFIED”,”05STATE36341″,

“This record is a partial extract of the original cable.

The full text of the original cable is not available.

 

“,”UNCLAS BANGKOK 001924

 

SIPDIS

 

DEPARTMENT FOR EAP/BCLTV AND G/IWI: L KHADIAGALA

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: ECON, ELAB, PHUM, PGOV, SCUL, SOCI, KWMN, TH, HUMAN RIGHTS

SUBJECT: THAILAND: CHILD MARRIAGE

 

REF: STATE 36341

 

1. (U) The legal age of marriage for men and women in

Thailand is 18. Persons under 18 may be legally married with

the consent of both parents or a single surviving parent or

legal guardian. In some cases, the Court can approve a legal

underage marriage. This is usually granted when requested by

a couple which includes a woman who became pregnant under the

age of 18 wishes to marry before the birth of the child.

 

2. (U) Underage marriage among the general population is not

a significant problem. However, the practice persists in

unknown numbers in some hill tribe communities in Northern

Thailand and occasionally in Thailand\’s minority Muslim

population. None of the government offices or NGOs contacted

by post were able to provide statistics on child marriage.

Most embassy contacts expressed concern about teenage sex and

unwanted pregnancy, which sometimes results in underage

marriage but most often couples just live together. Underage

marriage and/or teen pregnancy often means that teenagers

drop out of school and are forced to find work away from

traditional home and family support structures.

 

3. (U) Post is unaware of any U.S.-funded initiatives that

aim to reduce the incidence or address the negative affects

of child marriage specifically. Some anti-trafficking

programs focusing on women\’s empowerment seek to educate

women about their legal rights and therefore address issues

of child marriage. Local NGOs focused on women\’s rights can

address this issue through education and outreach to

hilltribe and Muslim women, but also to various groups of

young women most vulnerable to exploitation in the poorer

Northeast and Northern areas of the country.

BOYCE

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Written by thaicables

July 6, 2011 at 7:54 am

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