A shocking video showing a wedding ceremony
between a 16-year-old boy and his 71-year-old lover has emerged. The
teenager and his elderly female lover had faced objections when they
decided they wanted to get married but they swore to kill themselves if
they were not allowed to be together and their families finally gave in.
video shows Selamat Riayadi marrying his bride Rohaya. It starts with
him holding a microphone, reciting what is believed to be his marital
vows. As soon as he is done, guests give a loud cheer for the new
couple. The young groom is seen with his hand to his face as soon as
their union is proclaimed, making it impossible to know what he is
feeling. His wife, on her part, sat quietly beside him, her expression
unreadable. It is not clear what motivated their marriage. Money has
been ruled out as both newlyweds are equally poor.
family made a dowry payment of 200,000 Indonesian Rupiah (about £11.50)
to Rohaya’s family. The wedding held at the home of a local community
leader named as Kuswoyo. Many people doubted the authenticity of the
wedding after the video spread. But an Indonesian news outlet claims it
spoke to Kuswoyo who confirmed the marriage. He also disclosed that the
couple threatened to kill themselves if they were barred from marrying.
said: “They said they wanted to commit suicide because they were
completely in love, so if one of them dies, then both must die.”
had been married twice and also widowed twice. It is Selamat’s first
marriage. The official minimum age for boys to marry in Indonesia is 19
but a loophole allows for any marriage within a person’s “religious