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More Child Marriages Requested in Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the vulnerability of children to the practice of child marriage. This phenomenon threatens the future of the next generation.

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Kompas/Heru Sri Kumoro

The mural contains a message to avoid early marriage and to pursue more achievements and work on Jalan Bekasi Timur Raya, North Jakarta, Thursday (20/2/2020). According to Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) data for 2018, the national prevalence or total number of child marriages is 11.2 percent with 1.2 million cases of marriage recorded.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS — The abolition of child marriage, demanded since the first Indonesian Women’s Congress back in 1928, has not yet been realized. Although it violates children’s rights and ruins their future, child marriage is still not considered a serious issue. During this Covid-19 pandemic period, child marriages in several regions have risen.

Child marriage is practiced through marriage dispensation in court, unregistered marriage or custom-based marriage. The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has received a report that, in the pandemic period (2020-2021) numerous youngsters from poor families have dropped out of junior or senior high school due to marriage. Aside from the economic factor, or family poverty, child marriage is the result of cultural or religious factors and promiscuity.

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