President Joko Widodo is expected to immediately issue a Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) on prevention of child marriages. This Perppu is considered urgent to optimize child protection, especially girls. Perppu on the prevention of child marriages is the key demand delivered by children on International Girls Day, Tuesday (11/10).
Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA) Yohana Yembise said this demand of girls would become input/feedback for her to draft the Perppu on the prevention of child marriages. She said, seeing the current condition of Indonesia’s children, she assessed this Perppu as urgent to be issued. This Perppu increasingly strengthens efforts to prevent early marriages, thus preventing child abuse in the family.
The rate of child marriages or under 18 years in Indonesia is still high, around 23 percent. This is based on an analysis report of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) in collaboration with UNICEF recently.
The analysis conducted in 2015 also indicated the decline in the rate of child marriages (under 18 years) tended to be stagnant, namely only declining seven percent within seven years. BPS also recorded the prevalence of child marriages to be more prevalent in rural areas to the amount of 27.11 percent, compared to 17.09 percent in urban areas.