Thursday, December 22, 2005

man's right to polygamy in Malaysia

"Last week, the Senate (Malaysia's Upper House) approved controversial amendments to the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Bill 2005.

Under the new Section 107A of the law, a husband is allowed to obtain an injunction preventing the disposition of property by a wife or a former wife.

The amendment also endorses man's right to polygamy without having to prove he is financially capable of treating his wives on equal footing before taking on another.

Upon taking a new wife, men can now seize property belonging to existing wives, and they are also given new rights to claim assets after a divorce, as well as less obligation to pay compensation and maintenance."



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