Eritrean men to marry two wives or go to jail


Eritrean men to marry two wives or go to jail.

The Eritrean government has reportedly ordered local men to marry more than one wife or risk being sent to prison for life. According to reports, activists posted a statement allegedly by the government of Eritrea on the internet, asking men to marry at least two wives due to an acute shortage of men caused by casualties during the civil war with Ethiopia. Punch reported that the statement by the Eritrean Department of Religious Affairs was written in Arabic and it said the following: “Based on the law of God in polygamy, and given the circumstances which the country is experiencing in terms of men shortage, the Eritrean department of Religious Affairs has decided on the following: “First that every man shall marry at least two women and the man who refuses to do so shall be subjected to life imprisonment with hard labour.” “The woman who tries to prevent her husband from marrying another wife shall be punished to life imprisonment.” (cartoon by nasoweseeam.com, story culled from news24.com)

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