The Jakarta Post , JAKARTA | Mon, 03/02/2009 8:56 AM | Headlines
A government-sponsored bill on marriage could see unregistered and contractual marriages banned, while polygamous marriages could end in jail sentences and fines if conducted in violation of procedures.
The religious court on marriage bill threatens to jail couples — for up to three months, with fines of up to Rp 5 million (US$415) — for tying the knot without either the proper documents or the presence of an authorized religious official.
State officials who help administer illegal marriages would also face a maximum jail sentence of one year and/or fines of up to Rp 6 million.
Nasaruddin Umar, director general of Islamic guidance at the Religious Affairs Ministry, told The Jakarta Post on Sunday the bill was aimed at curbing unregistered marriages and protecting women.
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