polygamy

A judge in British Columbia has decided that Canada's ban of polygamy does not violate the country's Charter of Rights.

B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Bauman issued his decision Wednesday, saying that while the ban does indeed violate the freedom-of-religion rights of those practising polygamy, polygamy brings such harm to women and children that they outweigh those rights.

On a summer night in 2008, the wives of some Iranian members of Parliament started receiving phone calls.

“Would you mind if I married your husband – just for a week?” asked the female voice on the end of the line.

The callers argued that taking another wife is a Muslim man’s right. By allowing it, the MPs’ wives would be performing a good Islamic deed. Some of the wives hung up in shock.

Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the chairman of the National Transitional Council and de fact president, had already declared that Libyan laws in future would have Sharia, the Islamic code, as its "basic source". But that formulation can be interpreted in many ways - it was also the basis of Egypt's largely secular constitution under President Hosni Mubarak, and remains so after his fall.Mr Abdul-Jalil went further, specifically lifting immediately, by decree, one law from Col. Gaddafi's era that he said was in conflict with Sharia - that banning polygamy.

تمضي حنان أيامها في تصفيف شعر زبوناتها من النساء اللواتي يزرن صالون الحلاقة المتواضع الذي تديره. ويحتل الصالون غرفة في منزل حنان الواقع في شارع حيفا في بغداد.

يضجّ المنزل بالحياة، وتدل جدرانه المتسخة على ضعف حال صاحبته. تعمل حنان وتعيش في هذا المنزل منذ عشر سنوات مع أولادها الثلاثة.

حنان امرأة ذات شخصية قوية تنعكس في صوتها الواثق والعميق. فقدت ثمانية أفراد من عائلتها في الحرب وفقدت زوجها أيضا وبقيت قوية.

مع ذلك، استسلمت لحاجتها الى ما تسميه الرجل – الملجأ، وتزوجت من رجل متزوج.

Chronology: 1843 — Officially recorded year of Joseph Smith's revelation that Mormon men are allowed to have more than one wife.

1852 —The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reveals Doctrine and Covenant 132, which makes plural marriage legal in the eyes of the church.

1862 — U.S. Congress passes a bill prohibiting polygamy.

1879 — George Reynolds (LDS prophet Brigham Young's secretary) appeals his conviction on polygamy to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that the law infringes his constitutional right to freedom of religion. The justices disagree and Reynolds goes to prison.

 تقدم النائب المستقل فيصل الدويسان باقتراح إلى مجلس الأمة الكويتي لحل مشكلة العنوسة يقضي بمنح مكافأة تصل إلى 15 ألف دولار للكويتي الذي يتزوج من كويتية كزوجة ثانية بشرط أن تكون عزباء تجاوزت عامها الأربعين أو أرملة أو مطلقة.

A court case to determine whether Canada's polygamy laws violate religious protection might have been sparked by a fundamentalist Mormon sect in southeastern British Columbia, but the legal challenge will also examine rarely discussed polygamous practices among North America's Muslims. The B.C. government asked the province's Supreme Court last year to decide if the section of the Criminal Code prohibiting polygamy also contravenes the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 

La Cour suprême de l'Utah (ouest des Etats-Unis) a cassé mardi la condamnation d'un gourou polygame d'une secte mormone américaine, Warren Jeffs, qui avait obligé une adolescente de 14 ans à épouser son cousin, et demandé la tenue d'un nouveau procès. M. Jeffs, 51 ans, est le chef de file et "prophète" autoproclamé de l'Eglise fondamentaliste de Jésus-Christ des saints du dernier jour (FLDS), une branche dissidente de l'église mormone. Il avait fait appel de sa condamnation, en 2007, pour complicité de viol, arguant de multiples fautes de procédure avant le procès.

The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed the convictions of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and ordered a new trial. Jeffs, 54, was convicted by a southern Utah jury in 2007 of two counts of first-degree felony rape as an accomplice for his role in the 2001 nuptials of Elissa Wall, then 14, to her 19-year-old cousin, Allen Steed. Jeffs is serving two consecutive terms of five years to life in the Utah State Prison on the convictions, but the high court ruled Tuesday that jury instructions on lack of consent were in error. Jeffs is head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The group, based on the Utah-Arizona state line, practices polygamy in marriages arranged by church leaders.

A landmark study on polygamy in Malaysia has cast doubt on whether husbands in polygamous marriages are able to treat their wives and children equally as intoned by the Quran. The study, conducted by Sisters in Islam in collaboration with academics from several local universities, found that while almost 80% of husbands interviewed said they could be fair, their wives disagreed. Researcher Masjaliza Hamzah said just over half of the second wives interviewed in the study said their husbands could be fair. Among first wives, only 35% shared this view. “Among the wives, the first wife is the most dissatisfied. She experiences the strongest effects as she is able to compare the polygamous marriage with when she was in a monogamous marriage. In many cases, they expressed sadness, a sense of being wronged and betrayal,” Masjaliza said.

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