The fate of a fourteen years old Balinese girl, NJA, is so tragic. The girl who is from Bangli was deceived by Wayan Cidra (40) so they were involved in a sexual intercourse. Although finally she married to the man, the law process is still unclear.
Hopefully, that condition is not happened to other children in Bali. For that reason, related parties now is investigating the case that had caused child marriage.
Whatever the reason is, sexual contact to a child is not accepted.
Although the accused person finally married the victim with hope that he could escape from law, his action still violated the regulation.
His action not only violated law, psychologically it also aroused parents’ anxiety on their children safety as well as destroyed the victim’s future.
Although they did the sexual contact based on love, the action was considered wrong by law.
Based on Marriage Regulation, it is clearly stated that the minimal age for a girl to marry is sixteen years old.
Whereas, on Article 81 Point 2 UU No. 23 2002 about Child Protection, it is stated that for someone who plays trick to a child on purpose, or persuade a child to have intercourse, he will be sentenced maximum 15 years in prison.
Psychologically, a child is still labile and immature in terms of sexual growth so they could be easily manipulated by adults.
Adults should be responsible to protect children from any types of physical and sexual violence.