Lombok teenage couple forced to marry to return home after dusk
Although there have been unremitting efforts to end child marriage in Indonesia, it seems that the country still has a long way to go to achieve this ultimate goal. The most recent case was the marriage of a middle school student to a student at Central Lombok Regency Primary School West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) last weekend.
S, 15, and NH, 12, were only married after four days of dating, allegedly because they had violated customary laws after returning home late recently, with a meaning of ‘late’ after the dusk. Various clips of their Ijab Kabul (wedding ceremony), which took place over the weekend, was widely circulated this week.
According to various reports, S and NH were pressured by the latter’s parents, who insisted that the two had violated customary laws when S brought NH home at 7:30 p.m. and therefore had to marry. .
S’s parents reportedly tried to have the whole thing canceled, but the wedding went ahead anyway – apparently as a traditional ceremony and without the approval of the Religious Affairs Bureau (KUA), which legally sanctions marriages in Indonesia – on Saturday latest.
“They say it’s because of customs. If you bring a girl home late, you have to marry her. We have tried to prevent that and to separate them. However, parents [of the bride] insisted that they had to get married, ”Ehsan, chief of the village of Montong Praje where the children live, Told Kumparan.
The media also reported that customary law belongs to the Sasak people, who live mainly on the island of Lombok. The tribe has been brought to light in recent years for its tradition of ‘bride kidnapping’, in which a woman is taken away by her future husband before a wedding, which social scientists consider to be. a contributing factor the high number of child marriages in the region.
NTB has long fought with child marriage, where more than 31 percent of girls aged 19 to 24 in the province were married before the age of 18, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Although lawmakers have amended Indonesia’s marriage law and raised the minimum age for girls from 16 to 19, parents are still allowed to apply for a “waiver” to allow underage girls and boys to marry for reasons of marriage. religious reasons, while some opt instead for traditional ceremonies.