Jul 5, 2017

16-year-old boy marries 71-year-old woman in Indonesia


A 16-year-old boy named Selamat Riayadi has married his 71-year-old sweetheart, Rohaya in Indonesia after the drunk in love couple threatened to kill themselves if their families blocked their union.

Their marriage is not believed to be motivated by money, as both newlyweds are equally poor.
A 16-year-old boy named Selamat Riayadi has married his 71-year-old sweetheart, Rohaya in Indonesia after the drunk in love couple threatened to kill themselves if their families blocked their union.
Their marriage is not believed to be motivated by money, as both newlyweds are equally poor.

MirrorUK reports that the wedding venue was the home of a local community leader named as Kuswoyo.

After the video and photos of the wedding spread on Indonesian social media, many questioned whether the union was real.


But an Indonesian news outlet claims it spoke to Kuswoyo who confirmed both the marriage and the couple’s threats to kill themselves if they were barred from marrying.

He said:


“They said they wanted to commit suicide because they were completely in love, so if one of them dies, then both must die.”
Kuswoyo’s permission was needed according to local tradition as Rohaya had been widowed twice before.

Both he and her brother gave in to her wishes to wed following the couple’s suicide threats.

It was not clear who if anyone gave permission for Selamat to marry.