WORLD : Doubts Cast on Jagger’s Vows

From Times Wire Services

A Hindu leader in Bali says British rock star Mick Jagger’s recent wedding to longtime girlfriend Jerry Hall is illegal and merely imitated parts of a traditional Balinese wedding ceremony.

I Wayan Surpha, chairman of the Indonesian Hinduism Assn. in Bali’s capital of Denpasar, said Jagger has not met conditions to be a follower of Hinduism, the official Antara news agency reported.

Jagger, 47, and Hall, 34, married Nov. 21 in Bali.

Ida Pedanda Sukawati, a Hindu priest, said he presided over the ceremony, which included a rite signifying entrance into Hinduism, the agency reported. The couple also signed a statement indicating they had converted.


But Surpha objected, saying, “It should not be so easy to hold such a ceremony.”