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Activists condemn voting rights for married children

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 14 2019   /  12:59 am

Throughout the world, the right to vote is most commonly granted to people once they hit 18 years of age. In Indonesia, the voting age is 17. However, people under 17 are also given the right to vote if they are married.Activists are calling for an end to this stipulation ahead of the 2020 simultaneous regional elections amid efforts to curb child marriage.Dian Kartikasari, the secretary-general of the Indonesian Women’s Coalition (KPI), a group that advocates for an end to child marriages, said children could not make informed political decisions until they reached 17 years of age, regardless of whether they were married or not.“Giving married children the right to vote is wrong because it gives them privileges for getting married, when, in fact, they shouldn’t have been married in the first place. While we are trying to curb child marriages, this could instead motivate ...