Child Age Marriage Article Contested Again

Suara Pembaruan, page 17

The community component calling itself the Coalition of 18 re-contested the minimum age requirement of marriage listed in Law 1/1974 on Marriage to the Constitutional Court (MK). This is the second lawsuit after it was rejected by the Constitutional Court in June 2016. The initial judicial review proceedings which particularly contested Article 7 paragraph 1 of the Law was held on May 24, 2017.

The Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA) fully supports the community’s efforts to increase the marriage age, especially in women. The same support came from the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) and Child Protection National Commission.

Deputy of Child Development of PPPA Ministry, Lenny Rosalina, said that she strongly supported the struggle of the Coalition 18 to increase the marriage age, especially in girls. She also said her party was still encouraging the revision of the Marriage Law. Recently, PPPA Minister Yohana Yembise had a meeting with the Minister of Religious Affairs to discuss the revision of the Marriage Law, especially the article on the age limit of marriage for girls.  The PPPA ministry together with ministries/ institutions, NGOs, experts and academics has finished compiling academic draft revisions of the Marriage Law. After the manuscript is prepared it will then be discussed with the Minister of Justice and Human Rights.

In the academic manuscript, the Ministry of PPPA requested minimum marriage age for women to be over 18 years old. The 18-year age limit is not without reason considering the consequences of child age marriages towards the factors of health, reproduction, and education become the underlying reasons for that age as the child’s status category.  The PPPA Ministry also urged to remove dispensation.

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