Congratulations are in order for Selamat Riayadi, a 16-year-old boy from South Sumatra, Indonesia, who recently married the love his young life, 71-year-old Rohaya. The ceremony – held at the house of their village chief, in Karangendah Village – was attended by hundreds of curious people from neighboring villages who had heard the star-crossed lovers’ tale.
Via Oddity Central:
As you can imagine, the 55-year age gap between the newlyweds wasn’t easily overcome, especially since neither of their families saw their marriage as appropriate. And while Selamat somehow managed to convince his parents to give him their blessing and even attend the ceremony, Rohaya had a more difficult time getting her family to approve. She was a widow who had already been married twice and had a 19-year-old son.
Unfortunately, Rohaya’s 75-year-old brother, Raup, feared that the marriage would shame their family, so the two lovebirds went to their local leader together, and threatened to take their own lives if a solution to get them married was not found. One way or another, they would be together, they said.
The man had no choice but to speak with Raup, and after explaining the situation to him, and how serious his sister and her beloved were about the marriage, he reluctantly agreed. On Saturday, the two were wed by Kuswoyo, at his house in Karangendah, and Raup was there as a guardian of their marriage.
Now before anyone claims that it was a marriage of convince, Indonesian media is quick to point out the two are both financially disadvantaged, so there were no “economic factors” involved. Apparently, Selamat gave Rohaya’s family a dowry of a mere Rp 200,000 ($15).
So, all in all, it’s very sweet. May they have many happy years together.
And just sayin’: I think Rohaya is my new fashion icon/spirit animal.