Acrylic on Canvas, 30 cm x 40 cm.
Visithra Manikam is a Malaysian female artist working on art with a social cause, especially related to women and children.
Visithra : “This painting is about the common practice of parents marrying off their children, especially young girls, to older men.
There were 9,061 child marriages recorded in Malaysia between 2010 to 2015. How is it even possible when there are laws which are supposed to protect children in this country ? Out of that number 6,286 were Muslim youths - below 18 for males and 16 for females. While 2,775 were non-muslims.
Although the legal age of marriage for non-Muslims is 18, those below 16 can still be married with the approval of the chief ministers or under customary laws (native courts) of Sabah and Sarawak. And these are just the registered numbers.
Many marriages go unregistered especially in the Indian community where parents may not even get their children’s birth registered, leaving them to become stateless children. The worst part of all this is, that there are people who support child marriages. If a child is ‘wild’ – it’s the parent’s fault for not instilling values and disciplining them. They should get them disciplined not married off...More here...