No one gets tired of inspiring love stories, especially those romance tales that survive against all odds. We can’t help but be in awe at couples who defy judgement and criticism. But you may not feel the same about the love story of a 15-year-old teen Selamet Riyadi and his 73-year-old wife, Rohaya Binti Kiagus Muhammad Jakfar.
About a year ago, this Indonesian couple wed despite the strong disapproval of many.
The Indonesian law states that the legal age to marry is 19-year-old for men, while 16-year-old for women. Regardless, the authorities in their village Lengkiti allowed the couple to marry. This is after the two threatened the officials that they would both end their lives if they were to be stopped.
“Selamet is too young to marry but we married them anyway because he threatened to commit [REDACTED],” village chief Cik Ani, told AFP.
In addition, the authorities also wanted them to “avoid the sin of adultery”.
Since the union will be frowned upon, the officials decided to conduct a private ceremony.
“Since the boy is an underage, we have decided to carry out the marriage privately,” chief Cik Ani added.
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But according to the social affairs Minister of Indonesia, Khofifah Indar Parawansa, said that marriage was null because it was illegal.
“It’s not possible for them to marry in a KUA [religious affairs office], because the groom is still underage. The law also says that marriage registration officials should not assist in a marriage when they know that there’s a violation of the minimum age requirement to marry,” she explained.
“He said he was madly in love. We love each other,” Rohaya said.
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It is said that Selamet fell for Rohaya when the older woman took care of him when he had Malaria. This serves as the third time Rohaya got married.
According to some reports, the two are planning to have children who will be named Putri Permata Sari and Andre Maulana.
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