In The Moderate Muslim Nation Of Indonesia It’s Believed That Child Brides Prevent HIV

Linda Agum Gumelar, the minister for women’s empowerment and child protection, said on Monday that 45 percent of Muslim girls between the ages of 10 and 15 in the province were married, according to Religious Affairs Ministry data.

Linda attributed the trend to the men’s misconception that marrying the girls young would prevent them from committing adultery and would lower the husbands’ risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.