A rich 43 year-old “Sheik” in Bedono, a small village in the city of Semarang, Indonesia recently marry a 12 year-old girl illegally or nikah siri, and planned to marry 2 other girls aged 9 and 7, has won approval from Hilman Rosyad Syihab, the Vice Chairman of the Parliament
The arranged marriage by the parents of the 12 year old girl and the Sheik, a self confessed pedophile who go by the name of Pujiono Cahyo Widianto or usually called Sheik Puji, has caused an uproar in the poor and heavily populated nation.
In a recent interview by the media, the Sheik confessed to have a passion for young girls. The Sheik who already have a 26 year-old wife, claimed that he never pressured the family or the girl to marry him, and that the 12 year-old actually love him.
The 12 year-old girl come from a very poor family, which present an opportunity for the Sheik to marry the girl, because being married to the rich “Sheik” would lift the economic status of the girl’s family.
In a country like Indonesia, the people’s representatives are busy trying to enact a pornography law that is so harsh, that it will prohibit women from wearing a certain clothing and repress freedom of expression, to score some political points with the hard-lined muslims.
Meanwhile, an obvious case of children sexual exploitation like this usually go without interference from the lawmaker. Even if there is a children protection law, it is rarely enforced. So people like Sheik Puji and many other pedophiles will most likely get away with their immoral act, and will probably “marry” more children in the future.
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