LONDON, Nov. 9 (Reuters) – Malala Yousafzai, a girls’ education activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who survived an assault by a Taliban gunman at age 15 in her native Pakistan in 2012, got married, she said on social media on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old, who lives in Britain, said she and her new husband, whom she called only Asser, got married in the city of Birmingham and celebrated at home with their families.
“Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I got married to be lifelong partners,” she wrote on Twitter, adding four photos to her post.
Malala did not give any other information about her husband other than his first name. Netizens identified him as Asser Malik, managing director of the Pakistan Cricket Board High Performance Center. Reuters could not confirm this.
Malala is revered in many parts of the world, especially in Western countries, for her personal courage and eloquence in defending the rights of girls and women. In Pakistan, his activism has divided public opinion.
As recently as July of this year, Malala told British magazine Vogue that she was not sure whether she would ever get married.
“I still don’t understand why people have to get married. If you want to have a person in your life, why do you have to sign marriage papers, why can’t it just be a partnership?” she was quoted as saying in a long profile.
The comment drew criticism from many social media users in Pakistan at the time.
Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Angus MacSwan
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