The official minimum age for boys to marry in Indonesia is 19 but a loophole allows for any marriage within a person’s ‘religious norms’, but it is not clear who gave it the thumbs up.
Many were sceptical about the marriage, but the couple assured everybody that they were genuinely in love. There were even rumors going around that whenever Selamat would leave the house, he would lock Rohaya in because he was scared that other men might take her.
The marriage is not believed to be motivated by financial concerns, as both newlyweds are equally poor. The couple also dreams of having a family and children of their own in the future—if still possible.
Selamat’s family made a dowry payment to hers of £11.50.