This may sound exceptionally odd but it happened in Indonesia.
A 15-year-old boy, Selamet Riyadi has married his 73-year-old lover, Rohaya Binti Kiagus Muhammad Jakfar, in a remote village on Indonesia’s Sumatra, officials said, after the unconventional couple threatened a double suicide if their match was thwarted.
The romance began when septuagenarian Rohaya Binti Kiagus Muhammad Jakfar took care of her neighbour Selamet Riyadi, 15, who was suffering from malaria, the local village chief said.
The village chief Cik Ani, told AFP, “Selamet is too young to marry but we married them anyway because he threatened to commit suicide.” He added local officials also wanted them to “avoid the sin of adultery”.
“Since the boy is an underage, we have decided to carry out the marriage privately,” he said.
Riyadi’s father died several years ago and the boy was not properly cared for by his mother, who has remarried, Ani said.
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