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Title KLIPING BERITA: NGO files judicial review against marriage law
Edition The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Wed, March
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Subject(s) Judicial Review
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Language Indonesia
Publisher The Jakarta Post
Publishing Year 2014
Publishing Place Jakarta

Women’s NGO Yayasan Kesehatan Perempuan (Women’s Health Foundation) has filed a request for a Constitutional Court judicial review of Law No.1/1974 on marriage.

According to the NGO, the law’s article about the age of marriage not only violates the 2002 Child Protection Law, the 2009 Health Law and several other laws, but is also not in line with the Constitution.

The 1974 marriage law stipulates that a woman must be at least 16 to marry.

The Women’s Health Foundation says that by setting such a low age for marriage, the state has violated the 2002 Child Protection Law, which stipulates that a child is any person aged under 18, including babies still in the womb.

“Children still need to be protected and given opportunities to grow to increase their quality, growing the quality of a nation in overall as well,” it said in a release made available to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

“By letting children marry under [the age of] 18, the state has given up its responsibility to protect them as mandated by the laws, and [is] even neglecting its constitutional mandate to educate the nation.”

Indonesia has one of the highest percentages of early marriage cases in the world and the second highest in ASEAN after Cambodia.

The number of female Indonesians aged between 10 and 14 years who are married is more than 22,000 or 0.2 percent of the population, while married females aged between 15 and 19 account for 11.7 percent.

“Such an early [age for] marriage will not only [en]danger women’s health but [will] also damage Indonesia, as a country and a nation,” the foundation said.

It is said that, biologically, teenagers are not yet ready to carry out reproduction in a healthy way.

“Teenage pregnancies have often ended up in miscarriages, premature births, low-weight births and stillbirth,” said the Women’s Health Foundation. (ebf)
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