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Jakarta Post

Resilient busybodies

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, February 22 2020   /  01:32 am

The state has long seen it fit to meddle in our private lives. The 1974 Marriage Law ruled that “the husband is the head of the household and the wife is a housewife”.It also states that the husband must as best as possible provide all the family needs, while “the wife is obliged to manage household affairs as best as possible”. After 45 years, this law remains effective, with the only change coming near the end of 2019 when the legal age for marriage was increased to 19 for both genders, from 16 for females. The landmark decision followed a long struggle to curb child marriage, while other points of contention remain in the 1974 law, such as legal reasons for polygamy among Muslim men and the aforementioned divisions of household duties between husband and wife. The draft “family resilience” bill echoes parts of the Marriage Law and seeks to allow the state to have greater a...