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Jakarta Post

Women reject polygamy, choosing divorce

  • Abdul Khalik


JAKARTA   /   Mon, February 2 2009   /  09:31 am

An increasing number of Muslim women are choosing to divorce their husbands rather than continue in a polygamous marriage, data from national Islamic courts show. The courts recorded that in 2006 there were nearly 1000 cases of divorce resulting from wives’ disagreeing with their husbands marrying another woman, an increase from figures in prior years.   Director General for Islamic guidance at the Ministry for Religious Affairs Nasaruddin Umar said Sunday he believed the number of divorce cases linked to disputes over polygamous marriages increased again in 2008 and would continue to rise throughout 2009. “There has been a significant increase in divorce because women have been rejecting polygamy in recent years,” he said. Muslim scholar Siti Musdah Mulia said the data indicated Muslim women were becoming increasingly aware of their rights and also more eco...