Man and child — I mean, “wife”
What would these “civic groups” say to the prophet of Islam’s marriage to a 9 year old — when he was 54? More on this story, noted earlier today by Robert. “Muslim Cleric Arrested for Molesting Child Bride,” from the Jawa Report, March 18:
(Jakarta, Indonesia) Last August, a 43-year-old Muslim cleric, Pujiono Cahyo Widianto (aka Sheik Puji), married 12-year-old junior high school student Lutfiana Ulfa (pic) as his second wife.
Although Sheik Puji’s supporters claimed the marriage was legal under Islam, outraged civic groups in Indonesia protested the violation of state law which sets the minimum age for marriage at 16 for females.
Consequently, Sheik Puji was arrested yesterday for allegedly breaching the child protection law.
According to Semarang Police Detective Royhardi Siahann, Widianto faces a possible 15 years in prison for the sexual and economic exploitation of a child.