Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Puan Maharani held a bilateral meeting with the Head of the Organization Board-Girls not Brides, Princess of the Netherlands, Mabel van Oranje-Nassau at the office of the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture in Jakarta on Wednesday (7/3). In the meeting discussing child marriage in Indonesia, Minister Puan disclosed that in Indonesia, the number of underage marriages is still relatively high. One of the government's efforts to overcome this is through education.
“Yes the number is currently still relatively high, because we still have problems. One of the problems is dropping out of school. Thus, the government is carrying out one thing by providing smart Indonesian cards, so that the children of Indonesia can avoid dropping out of school to obtain education,” Minister Puan Maharani said.
Furthermore, Minister Puan Maharani said that the age at the first marriage should be minimal after graduating from senior high school. Girls who have underage marriage are considered not ready to get married because their reproduction and mentality are not ready yet. Meanwhile, The Dutch Princess highly appreciates the efforts of the Indonesian government, and offers her support as the Head Council of the global organization -Girls not Brides to support all programs in Indonesia. (VOI/Rifai/Trans by Rhm)