Open Access Open Access  Restricted Access Subscription or Fee Access

Poor Girls are Vulnerable to be Married: A Case Study of Dayak Mali Law in West Kalimantan

Nikodemus Niko


This paper investigates the child-marriage in West Kalimantan. This study took Desa Cowet who is inhabited mainly by Dayak Mali. The issue of child-marriage is perpetuated by the Law in Indonesia. The effort to eliminate child-marriage is often difficult due to the high-rate of poverty among Dayak Mali people. Within Indigenous Law, there is no specific rules that arrange child-marriage or age of minimum to marriage. What is stated is usually the approval of both parents to the couple. Child-marriage among Dayak Mali, this study confirmed, is basically mostly triggered by poverty of girls in villages. Poor girl of Dayak Mali are basically prone to child-marriage.


child-marriage; Dayak Mali; indigenous law; poverty

Full Text:



Fakih, Mansour. 2013. Analisis Gender dan Transformasi Sosial. Yogyakarta: Pustaka Pelajar.

Riwut, Nila. 2011. Bawin Dayak: Kedudukan, Fungsi, dan Peran Perempuan Dayak. Yogyakarta: Galang Press.

Saptari, Ratna & Holzner, Brigitte. 1997. Perempuan Kerja dan Perubahan Sosial: Sebuah Pengantar Studi Perempuan. Jakarta: Yayasan Kalyanamitra.

Sasono, Adi. 1987. Masalah Kemiskinan dan Fatalisme. Jakarta: UI-Press.

Sudiyat, Imam. 2000. Hukum Adat: Sketsa Asas. Yogyakarta: Liberty.

Suharto, Edi. 2009. Kemiskinan dan Perlindungan Sosial di Indonesia. Bandung: ALFABETA.

Suyanto, Bagong. 2013. Masalah Sosial Anak. Jakarta: Kencana Prenada Media Group.

Anonym. Data Monografi Desa Cowet Tahun 2014.


  • There are currently no refbacks.