Late last year, Aceng Fikri, a district chief in the West Java province, ignited public uproar when news leaked that he had divorced a 17-year-old teenager, Fany Octora, via text message. Aceng had married Fany for only four days in an unregistered ceremony as a second wife. According to his lawyer, Aceng complained that Fany was not a virgin as she had said she had been. Aceng also complained that he had spent 250 million rupiah ($26,000) on their wedding and additional expenses to enrol Fany in a college, according to AFP reports, and demanded the money back. Following the high profile case, an anti-corruption agency accused Aceng of having been involved in seven graft cases in his district.
Then in February this year, another graft case surfaced, this time involving Indonesia’s high-ranking police official Djoko Susilo.The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) suspected that in an effort to launder his money, Djoko had used the name of his second wife, 23-year-old Dipta Anindita, to purchase luxurious properties. Djoko had married Dipta using a fake identity when the former beauty queen was 19 years old, as government regulations prohibit state officials from engaging in polygamy. [Read more...]