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Jakarta Post

New hope to end child marriage with law revision

  • Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 17 2019   /  01:02 am

A new hope to curb child marriage in Indonesia is emerging as the House of Representatives has finally agreed to increase the minimum marriageable age of women from 16 to 19. The House agreed to revise Indonesia’s 1974 Marriage Law before the end of its current term in October.The revision is a follow-up to the Constitutional Court’s ruling last year that the previous minimum age for women to marry was unconstitutional. The court said the difference between the minimum ages for men and women was a form of gender-based discrimination and, thus, violated the 1945 Constitution.A women’s rights activist, Tunggal Pawestri, lauded the decision, although she added that there is room for improvement.“Considering the refusal and rejection that we received for so many years, it’s a good start,” she told The Jakarta Post on Monday.“Ideally [the minimum marriageable age] should be olde...