SHAFAQNA – An Indonesian district has ordered male civil servants to pay 1 million rupiah (S$100) to marry a second wife to crack down on polygamy, officials said on Wednesday, but activists criticised it as a “crazy” bid to profit from the practice. Male officials in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country were already required to get written permission from their superiors if they wanted a second wife. Under Islamic law, men can have up to four wives.
But in East Lombok district, they will now also have to pay a 1 million rupiah fee to the local government under a new regulation introduced last month, officials said. “The regulation was issued to make polygamy more difficult for those working in the civil service,” said Mr Kharul Rizal, head of the local Parliament, which passed the law.
Male civil servants are required to pay the fee – a large amount for the average Indonesian – for each new marriage after their first.
Source : AFP