Teen Groom : Indonesian teenage boy weds 73-year-old bride

INDONESIA: A teenage boy has married his 73-year-old lover inside a remote village on Indonesia’s Sumatra, officials stated, following the unconventional couple threatened a dual suicide if their match was thwarted.

The romance started when septuagenarian Rohaya Binti Kiagus Muhammad Jakfar required proper care of her neighbour Selamet Riyadi, 15, who had been struggling with malaria, the neighborhood village chief stated. “Selamet is simply too youthful to marry but we married them anyway while he threatened to commit suicide,” village chief Cik Ani, told AFP, adding local officials also wanted these to “avoid the crime of adultery”.


“Since the boy is definitely an underage, we've made the decision to handle the wedding independently,” he stated. Riyadi’s father died in the past and also the boy wasn't correctly looked after by his mother, that has remarried, Ani stated. Rohaya continues to be married two times before, both occasions to divorcees and it has a minumum of one child in the marriages, however this time “she had a virgin,” Ani added.

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The wedding took place on Sunday inside of the remote Karang Endah village in South Sumatra province, but sparked national interest whenever a video from the couple's wedding vows went viral on internet social websites.


“He stated he was seriously in love. We love one another,” Rohaya told reporters following the wedding. The recording shows the unlikely couple reciting their vows before their relatives and buddies.

Under Indonesian law, the legal age for marriage is nineteen for men and 16 for any lady.

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