Published: Wednesday 05 July, 2017

71-Year Old Grandma Marries 16-Year Old Boy in Shocking Indonesia Wedding

A couple shocked their local community in Indonesia with their wedding. That’s because the bride is a 71-year old grandmother while the groom is a 16-year old boy! Their families were initially against the marriage but the couple reportedly threatened to commit suicide if they can’t be allowed to marry.

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Photo shows Selamat Riayadi (groom) and Rohaya (the bride) during their wedding. (AsiaWire photo)

The couple was identified as Rohaya and her 16-year old groom, Selamat Riayadi. They were married by the local community leader who confirmed the suicide threat.

‘They said they wanted to commit suicide because they were completely in love, so if one of them dies, then both must die.’

The 55-year age gap wedding quickly spread on Indonesia’s social media platforms and many questioned the legality of the union. The community leader, Kuwoyo, was also asked why he solemnized the union. However, he said he decided to allow the marriage because of the suicide threat.

Locals say it must be true love because it’s definitely not a marriage for money since both are poor.

The legal age for marriage in Indonesia is 19 but a loophole in the law allows marriage due to ‘religious reasons’.

According to media reports, the couple have formed a “nikah siri” marriage – a marriage recognized by society but not the state.  Islam has no formal minimum marriageable age and only requires consensus that the would-be bride or groom has reached “maturity”.