An Indonesian woman who
allegedly posed as a man in order to get married was arrested after the shocked
wife discovered the deception, police said Friday.
Suwarti, who like many
Indonesians goes by one name, was detained Thursday after the wife alerted
authorities, several months after the pair tied the knot in a ceremony on Java
island. The wife, Heniyati, became suspicious when her ‘husband’ refused to
consummate the marriage.
Suwarti has admitted to the
deception and could face up to seven years in prison for falsifying her
identity, according to local chief detective Muhamad Kariri. She falsified all
the documents for the marriage… My family and I were deceived. We feel so embarrassed,’
Heniyati, 25, told the Jakarta Post newspaper.
Police said they were still
investigating the reason for Suwarti’s deception.
All Suwarti would say is that
she had been disappointed by a previous marriage, from which she had a
17-year-old child, Kariri added. When they met, 40-year-old Suwarti gave
herself the male name Muhamad Efendi Saputra and said she was a police officer.
After a whirlwind romance
lasting a couple of months, the pair married late last year in their home
district of Boyolali, with Suwarti reportedly even hiring people to pretend to
be her male alter ego’s relatives at their wedding. After several months of
married life, Heniyati finally discovered an identity card in Suwarti’s wallet
showing who she really was, said Kariri