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Court rejects bid to make polygamy easier JAKARTA - A bid of a businessman in Indonesia to make polygamy more easy was rejected by the constitutional court on Wednesday. Indonesia allows polygamy, but according to the current marriage law, a man can only get approval from a court to take a second wife if the first wife agrees, or if she is disabled or cannot have children.

Muhammad Insa, petitioner in the court case, argued that those conditions effectively prevent polygamy, and this meant that many men avoided registering their second marriages. As a result, children from these unregistered marriages lose their right of inheritance and other benefits. The court states that the articles were not against the constitution, which allows multiple marriages on the condition that the wives are treated fairly.

"These articles ... are intended to protect the basic rights of wives and prospective wives of men who engage in polygamy," said court chief Jimly Asshiddiqie. Insa said that the decision made was not fair. "I'm not happy. With such conditions, polygamy cannot be practiced," he told to reporters at the courthouse. "I will continue my struggle with other people or groups."

The debate around polygamy in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslem country, heated up last year when a popular Islamic cleric announced that he had taken a second wife.



Posted in General @ 03 October 2007 11:04 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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