The Jakarta Post
A groom is reportedly set to marry two brides on Nov. 6 and Nov. 8 in South Sumatra. (Shutterstock/File)
A certain wedding invitation has caught the attention of netizens as it states the groom is to marry two brides.
The invitation shows that Cindra is to marry two women, Indah Lestari and Perawati. (Tempo.co/File)
The groom, Cindra, will reportedly marry his first bride, Indah Lestari, in a religious ceremony on Nov. 6. Two days later, Cindra is set to marry his second bride, Perawati. The trio will later hold a wedding reception on Nov. 9.
According to tempo.co, the Religious Affairs Ministry office in South Sumatra has confirmed the invitation was real, and explained that Cindra was a resident of Lumpatan II village in South Sumatra.
However, the ministry’s South Sumatra office head M. Al Fajri Zabidi said they had contacted the head of the Religious Affairs Office (KUA), Muba, to cancel the wedding. "This [plan] is not good for the public," he said.
He explained that the KUA had received the documents for the first wedding ceremony, which is slated to be held in Teluk Kijing village. However, for the second wedding in Lumpatan II village, the couple was yet to submit the necessary documents.
Al Fajri said that polygamy was not prohibited as long as it followed religious procedures. Polygamy is permissible if the first wife has a health issue or cannot bear children. However, the husband needs a letter from the first wife, stating her approval of polygamy, prior to registering the second wedding.
Meanwhile, the ministry's South Sumatra office head of public relations, Saefudin Latief, said that prior to marrying the second bride, Cindra had to complete all the necessary documents.
Saefudin added that the ministry would hold a meeting with the family, aimed at educating them and the public about polygamy. (jes/kes)