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  Newsmakers   07 Jul 2017  Indonesian teenager weds 73-year-old lover

Indonesian teenager weds 73-year-old lover

AFP
Published : Jul 7, 2017, 6:38 am IST
Updated : Jul 7, 2017, 6:38 am IST

Mr Riyadi’s father died several years ago and the boy was not properly cared for by his mother, who has remarried, Ani said.

Rohaya Binti Kiagus Muhammad Jakfar (right) got married to 15-year-old Selamet Riyadi in South Sumatra, Indonesia. (Photo: AFP)
 Rohaya Binti Kiagus Muhammad Jakfar (right) got married to 15-year-old Selamet Riyadi in South Sumatra, Indonesia. (Photo: AFP)

Lengkiti, Indonesia: A teenage boy has married his 73-year-old lover in a remote village on Indonesia’s Sumatra, officials said, after the unconventional couple threatened a double suicide if their match was thwarted.

The romance began when septuagenarian Rohaya Binti Kiagus Muhammad Jakfar took care of her neighbour Selamet Riyadi, 15, who was suffering from malaria, the local village chief said.

 

“Selamet is too young to marry but we married them anyway because he threatened to commit suicide,” village chief Cik Ani, said, adding local officials also wanted them to “avoid the sin of adultery”.

“Since the boy is an underage, we have decided to carry out the marriage privately,” he said.

Mr Riyadi’s father died several years ago and the boy was not properly cared for by his mother, who has remarried, Ani said.

Rohaya has been married twice before, both times to divorcees and has at least one child from the marriages, but this time “she got a virgin,” Ani added.

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