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Central Sulawesi Sees a Surge in Underage Marriages

Central Sulawesi Sees a Surge in Underage Marriages

SULAWESI TENGAH, NETRALNEWS.COM -- The Central Sulawesi Provincial Government stated that the rate of early marriage or underage marriage in the province was quite alarming.

"I need to say that the underage marriage rate in Central Sulawesi is quite alarming," said Head of the Central Sulawesi Women's Empowerment and Child Protection (DP3A), Ihsan Basir, in Parigi Moutong, Saturday (05/04/2019).

As reported by Antara, based on 2015 National Economic Social Survey (Susenas) data, Central Sulawesi ranks third in national cases of underage marriage.

The 2015 Susenas data states that on average children aged 15-19 years are married and have been married. The largest percentage is found in Banggai Laut Regency with 15.83 percent, followed by Banggai Kepulauan District with 15.73 percent, Sigi Regency with 13.77 percent.

Then, Tojo Una-Una Regency was 12.84 percent, and Palu City was 6.90 percent. The 2016 BPS data shows that the highest contributors were Tojo Una-una Regency by 23 percent and Montong Parigi by 22 percent.

Survey data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) in 2015 showed that the age of first marriage (UKP) or early marriage in Central Sulawesi Province was still very high or around 20.19 percent of all regions in Central Sulawesi.

Still following Antara, Ihsan Basir said, children who are married, their education will be cut off. Where, children who are married, will not study education after conceiving.

"One of the factors is because they are after marriage and are afraid of being exposed and ashamed of being exposed to 'bullying' from their friends and neighborhood," Ihsan said.

He added, the impact of this would be that there would be children who gave birth to children, so it was important for the community to know the impact of underage marriages, young marriages or early marriages.