Indonesia set to raise legal marriage age

Government aims to stop trend of young people marrying in country where teenagers commonly tie the knot.

Last Modified: 21 Sep 2013 12:04
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Getting married at the age of 14 or 15 is not uncommon for girls in Indonesia. Often their parents force them to marry as early as possible.

According to a family planning agency, more than 40 percent of the girls marry between the ages of 15 and 19.

But it is a trend the Indonesian government is trying to stop with plans to raise the legal age for marriage.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from Jakarta.


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