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Fatayat Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) suggested that the Law (UU) Number 1 Year 1974 regarding Marriage should be revised. The General Head of Central Leader (PP) Fatayat NU, Anggia Ermarini, said that such suggestion was one of the recommendations on Rakernas 2017 in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan last week.
Fatayat NU would like to curtail child marriages. Fatayat NU believes that marriage is more than just legitimizing the relationship between a man and a woman. Marriage is about building a household, which requires certain values such as communication patterns between husband and wife, and with their parents, as well as communication patterns between family and society at large.
At the age of 16 years old, a person has not gained the maturity to create the good communication patterns required after getting marriage. Therefore, those who marry at an early age are not yet aware of what they need to build inside the household. Thus, Fatayat NU is requesting the authorities to review the minimum age of marriage for a woman in the Marriage Law, raising it from the current 16 years old to 18 years old.
Meanwhile, Minister of Religious Affairs (Menag), Lukman Hakim Saifudin responded positively to the recommendation regarding the revision of the Marriage Law. Nevertheless, he challenged Fatayat NU to further develop the alternative formula, as well as produce articles, paragraphs and academic papers outlining the case for amendment of the Marriage Law.