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Indonesia considering widening polygamy ban after popular preacher takes second wife JAKARTA - Indonesia is considering banning ministers, lawmakers and other government officials from practicing polygamy after the country's most popular Islamic preacher took a second wife, sparking renewed debate about the practice. There are no plans to outlaw polygamy all together in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Currently, men are only allowed to have a second wife if his first is an invalid, terminally ill or infertile. The regulation, however, is rarely enforced and most commentators say the practice is becoming more common.

Woman's Affairs Minister Meutia Hatta said Tuesday that a 1983 law forbidding civil servants from polygamy passed by then-dictator Suharto, reportedly under pressure from his wife could be expanded to included ministers, parliamentarians and governors, among others. The move comes after charismatic preacher and television personality, Aa Gym, who had a strong female following and often preached about family values, announced that he had taken a second wife.

The preacher's move has been discussed extensively on gossip shows and in magazines, with the coverage uniformly negative, and female activists and liberal Islamic clerics have expressed disappointment. Islam permits a man to have four wives, though some Muslim countries ban or prohibit the practice. No statistics are kept on how common polygamy is in Indonesia, though with the downfall of dictator Suharto in 1998 the practice has become more open.

Banning polygamy outright would likely face opposition from conservatives, who would see the move as a further secularization of Indonesia, where 90 percent of the 220 million people are Muslim.



Posted in Politics @ 07 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





kiwimave
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Wow Indonesia seems to try to move forward, at least in women's rights..



balibreeze
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Mmmm again an other huge example life of high profile spiritual moslim leader who used to against Poligamy lifestyle.. and told his 45 millions of follower who worship him to fight against poligamy.. is now happened to do the poligamy himself. Aa Gym or Kyai Haji Abdullah Gymnastiar, a wellknown Islamic spiritual leader, has taken a second wife without knowledging it to his follower and his wife was so in shock that she has to get a medical treatment..
Welcome to the club..



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His wife have also her right according the islamic law.
And as you can see , no one is perfect.
Even AA Gym.
I always follow his lecture on tv .



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is this true? what i hear AA Gym at one time told his followers he was going to organize the hadj trip to mekka, so many people put money for that in his bank account, he kept it there for half a year, getting a handsome ammount in interrest and then told everybody, he, the trip, it's not working out and send back all the money, keeping all the interrest....................... like i said, i don't know for sure, it's what i heard...........



madrotter
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but i really love gus dur!!!!



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Don't trust gossip. Aa Gym maybe married again but he is not a lowlife moneyscum. I like his speech too but what I mean is how come an anti poligamist becomes one himself??? Ok.. nobody's perfect. Maybe he should think again next time he makes statements about something!!! I bet he felt ashamed now for all the slam he's been hitting to all the men with poligami lifestyle he once against.



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Yea, do away with polygamy and turn to the Western system of serial marriages, or just multiple intimate relationships. Yea, that's definitely a more modern idea - and socially acceptable too. Emoticon: Shut up!



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