In order to pay for tuition fees, an adoptive mother in Indonesia married a 12-year-old adopted daughter to a 45-year-old married man
According to the”Mirror” report on July 14, Banyu on Java Island, Indonesia, a month ago In Wangi Town, a 12-year-old girl was forced to marry a 45-year-old man and became his fourth wife to”repay gratitude”.
The girl was reportedly forced to marry a 45-year-old man because he paid her tuition and medical expenses. The female student, 33 years younger than her newly-married husband, also became his fourth wife.
This marriage caused dissatisfaction. Local media reported that the girl’s adoptive mother, who is also her aunt, arranged the marriage.
The girl’s adoptive parents, namely her aunts and uncles, think that getting married is the best way to thank this man for helping them raise her.
However, the victim’s biological parents do not accept this marriage. The marriage took place without their permission. At present, the girl’s biological mother has reported to the police. The girl’s mother wanted the police to take action. The legal age for marriage in Indonesia is 19 years old. The girl’s family accused the man of violating marriage laws and hoped he would be punished.
The victim’s representative, Imam Ghozali, told the local media,”Her husband is always by her side. As to whether they are married, we do not know. The police have the right to conduct investigations and medical examinations .”
The police have begun to question witnesses related to the case, but no charges have yet been filed.
Although child marriage is illegal, child marriage is still rampant in Indonesia, and some parents force their children to marry at a very young age to repay their debts.
For example, just last month, another adoptive father named Sappa married his 12-year-old daughter to a 44-year-old man named Baharuddin . Although the local religious affairs office has rejected this request because the girl is not yet legal age, the wedding is still held in accordance with traditional Muslim customs .
According to survey data, there were 1.2 million child marriages in Indonesia in 2018. The impact of child marriage on young girls is particularly serious. The Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association has been promoting the proper implementation of the marriage law, raising the minimum age of marriage for men and women to 19 years. Before the amendment, women could get married at the age of 16. At the same time, religious courts sometimes still allow children under the age of 19 to marry, as long as the parents agree.
A representative of the organization said that forced marriage of girls will have serious consequences. Child marriage violates the rights of children. Many child-laws drop out of school as soon as they get married. And girls in child marriages are also vulnerable to domestic violence and poor health.