Indonesia Raises Marriage Age to 19, Effectively Banning Child Brides

by admin on September 18, 2019

Indonesia has raised the minimum age of marriage for girls to 19 in a historic move to end child marriages in the country.

Before the change, the minimum age of marriage was 16 or at any age with parental consent.

Which is why it’s no surprise that Indonesia ranked in the top 10 in the world for child brides, with 1 in 4 girls getting married before the age of 18.

Last year, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court ruled that it was discriminatory to have two different minimum marriage ages for boys and girls.

In Indonesia, males are permitted to get married at age 19.

Indonesia is the largest Muslim-majority country in the world and child marriage is still a culturally-accepted practice in some parts of the country.

Child brides have been a huge area of controversy in recent years in the region with countries such as Thailand and Malaysia being criticized for also allowing the practice of child marriage to continue.

In Thailand specifically, child marriages are still legal due to the fact that the Kingdom allows Thailand family law issues such as divorce and marriage to be handled by Sharia Courts in the predominantly Muslim southern regions that border Malaysia.

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