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Jakarta Post

House to increase minimum marriage age for women

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The 1974 Marriage Law sets the marriageable age for women at 16 and for men at 19, even though the 2002 Child Protection Law defines children as anyone “under the age of 18”. (Shutterstock/File)
Nurul Fitri Ramadhani
Jakarta   ●   Wed, June 26, 2019

The House of Representatives has announced it would revise Indonesia’s 1974 Marriage Law and increase the minimum marriageable age for women from 16 to 19 before the end of the current term in October.

According to the House’s Legislation Body (Baleg), the revision will be limited to Article 7 of the law, which also includes a point concerning dispensation for teenagers seeking a marriage permit. The House aims to make it more difficult for them to be granted an exemption.

“It’s a good time for Baleg to carry out this limited revision in the next three months before the end of its term. There will be no technical hurdles because we’ll only revise one article,” Baleg member Eva Kusuma Sundari of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The revision is a follow-up to the Constitution...

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