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16-year-old boy threatens to commit suicide in order to get parents’ permission to marry 71-year-old woman

By Mason White 11:21 AM July 5, 2017
Selamat and Rohaya Riayadi
Selamat and Rohaya Riayadi
By: Mason White

(Scroll down for video) A teenager fell in love with a woman, who is old enough to be his grandmother.

16-year-old Selamat Riayadi of Indonesia, was determined to marry his 71-year-old lover Rohaya, but his family refused to give their blessing.

Without their permission, the couple was unable to get married according to their tradition. The teenager then threatened to commit suicide unless he is allowed marry Rohaya, who was married twice and both her husbands died during their marriages.

Community leaders determined that the couple is not marrying for money as they are both poor, and they and the parents eventually consented to the marriage.

The couple tied the knot in their home village of Karang Endah in South Sumatra. Videos of their wedding ceremony were uploaded to the Internet.