TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

'Nikah siri' deprives children of protection

PREMIUM
Bima, Sumbawa   /   Fri, October 13, 2017   /  10:31 am
'Nikah siri' deprives children of protection For children born of unregistered marriages, the birth certificate will only list the mother.  (Shutterstock/File)

Public concern was recently raised over the issue of nikah siri (unregistered marriages) after a businessman, Aris Wahyudi, the owner of nikahsirri.com, was arrested. His website facilitated nikah siri and he even advertised a “virgin auction.” 

Aris’ actions triggered condemnation by authorities and the public, and finally the police declared him a suspect for contravening the Pornography Law and Electronic Information and Transactions Law.

The word siri originates from the Arabic sirrun, which means quietly or exclusively, or as-sirriyyu, secretly. Thus nikah siri means a marriage held quietly/exclusively/secretly. 

However, the phrase is understood in Indonesia as any marriage that is unregistered with an official marriage registrar. In the Javanese culture, ...

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.