Kuala Lumpur: President of the Malaysian Syarie Lawyers Association has said that Malaysaian woman Illi Najwa Saddique, who recently married Indian Sikh hockey captain Manpreet Singh Pawar, can be prosecuted and fined or jailed, or both if convicted. He said that strict action can be taken against her if she fails to apply for permission from the religious office of the place of residence to perform marriages abroad.
President of the Malaysian Syarie Lawyers Association Musa Awang said, in Johor anyone who is married to a non-polygamist should apply for permission from the state Islamic religious office, whether they want to get married in the country or abroad, while if polygamy needs to apply for permission from the Syariah Court.
However, media reports had earlier said that both were received the special permission from their respective government for their wedding in India.
According to Harian Metro, he said, any couple who marries without permission is considered a violation in accordance with Section 40 of the Islamic Family Law (State of Johor) Enactment 2003.
He further added that offence could result in them being fined not more than RM1,000 or jailed not more than six months or both.
“Referring to the Islamic Family Law (State of Johor) Enactment 2003 for Clause 19, it explains the necessary permission before the marriage contract.
“The reference is written, no marriage can be solemnized unless a marriage permit is given by the Registrar according to Section 17 (same enactment) if the marriage involves a woman residing in Johor,” he said.
On December 17, Malay Muslim woman Illi Najwa, who hails from Johor, had tied the knot with his long-time boyfriend and Indian national hockey team captain Manpreet Singh Pawar at a Gurudwara near Jalandhar city of India’s Punjab state.