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'Nikah siri' deprives children of protection

'Nikah siri' deprives children of protection For children born of unregistered marriages, the birth certificate will only list the mother.  (Shutterstock/File)
Muhamad Isna Wahyudi (The Jakarta Post)
Bima, Sumbawa   ●   Fri, October 13, 2017

Public concern was recently raised over the issue of nikah siri (unregistered marriages) after a businessman, Aris Wahyudi, the owner of, 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 ...

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