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Jakarta Post

Masruchah: Secret marriage not an Islamic tradition

  • Kurniawan Hari


JAKARTA   /   Sun, March 8 2009   /  12:45 pm

The Religious Affairs Ministry recently submitted the religious court on marriage bill to the State Secretariat for the President to endorse. Once the President endorses the draft bill, the House of Representatives still needs to approve it before it becomes law. If the bill is passed into law, the practice of nikah siri (unregistered marriage) will be banned and men will have to comply with certain requirements if they want to take a second wife. Widely practiced in Indonesia, nikah siri and polygamy are often detrimental to women and children. To get more insight into the issue, The Jakarta Post talked with Masruchah, thIndonesian Women's Coalition secretary-general. Masruchah, an expert on the issue, says the draft bill has an antidiscrimination agenda. Below is an excerpt of the interview: What is your opinion about the draft bill that bans nikah ...