News

Draft Law Proposes Jail Sentence for Men Who Remarry Without Informing their Wives

Draft Law Proposes Jail Sentence for Men Who Remarry Without Informing their Wives

File Photo of Old Cairo

Member of Parliament (MP) Abla Hawary has proposed a draft law to jail men who remarry without informing their current wife, or wives, in attempts to regulate polygamy in Egypt.

Hawary believes that it is important to put rules and regulations to “fight polygamy” even if it is permitted by Islamic law in the country, according to statements to Egypt Independent.

She further added that “the law should not come as a surprise as it protects the most basic rights of women affirming that ‘a wife has the right to know,’ she said to Egypt Independent.

This law has sparked debate between Islamic scholars and women rights advocates. Islamic scholars believe that such law is in direct conflict with one of the core of marriage in Islam which grants the right for a man to remarry.

Moderator of the National Council of Egyptian Families Asharaf Tammam said that there are cases when the wife should not know in respect of her feelings, according to a TV interview with ‘Huna al-Kahera’ show. “I am against a jail sentence,” he added.

Polygamy is legal in Egypt and many other Muslim-majority countries. In Islam, men can marry four women at the same time under the condition of treating them equally.

In real life, a woman in Egypt can be married to a man for many years of her life and suddenly find him remarried to a new wife, without being informed. Some clerics have justified that male polygamy serves a social purpose which allows widows, divorcees and unmarried women to find a partner.

On the other hand, there has been no mention of consent of the wife in the above debates.

Polygamy has been the subject of controversy in Egypt for many years. In 2009, Saudi journalist Nadine al-Bedair questioned why polygamy was allowed for Muslim men but not women. The article has been followed by many criticisms and Muslim clerics denounced it and called it anti-Islamic.

Nearly 25 percent of Egyptian husbands take on a second wife within three years of a marriage, according to 2011 statistics provided by the National Centre for Sociological and Criminological Research (NCSCR).

World Famous British Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies at 76
Egypt to Have Its Own Facebook Soon: Minister

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Uber Plans to Takes Over Middle-Eastern Rival Careem for $3.1 Billion

Nour EltiganiMarch 24, 2019

Singer Sherine Banned from Performing After Freedom of Speech Comments

Egyptian StreetsMarch 24, 2019

ISIS Loses Its Last Territory, Yet the Region Looks More Dysfunctional

Mirna AbdulaalMarch 23, 2019

Egyptian Teenager’s Actions Save Schoolchildren from Italy Bus Attack

Egyptian StreetsMarch 22, 2019

Trump: Time for US to Recognise Golan Heights as Israeli territory

Egyptian StreetsMarch 21, 2019

Al Aswany Embroiled in Military Lawsuit for Criticism on State

Egyptian StreetsMarch 21, 2019

Egyptian Parliament Agrees to Law that Protects Your Personal Data

Nour EltiganiMarch 19, 2019

Egypt named Africa’s “Hottest Tech Scene” by Business Insider

Egyptian StreetsMarch 18, 2019
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.