UK: Muslim peer warns of increase in polygamy

UK: Muslim peer warns of increase in polygamy

GROWING numbers of Muslim men are "marrying" up to four wives in Britain, a leading Muslim peer warned last night.

Tory Baroness Sayeeda Warsi fears a sharp increase in polygamy in the UK is becoming a threat to community cohesion.

And she accused Labour ministers of turning a blind eye to the practice, which is common in some Islamic countries.

The Government must make it clear to Muslims that "in this country, one married man is allowed to marry one woman," she said.

Most Muslim polygamous arrangements are not illegal because the "weddings" are private religious ceremonies that are not recognised by British law.

But Baroness Warsi, Tory spokesman on community cohesion, feared that multi-wife marriages could increase tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims in Britain.

There are also concerns that some Muslim men are claiming benefits for several wives.

"There has been a failure on the part of policymakers to respond to this situation," she said.

"Some of it has been done in the name of cultural sensitivity and we've just avoided either discussing or dealing with this matter head on.

"There has to be a culture change and that has to brought about by policymakers taking a very clear stance on this issue."

She urged ministers to consider introducing a system of registration for religious "weddings" to curb the growth in polygamy.


Source: Express (English), h/t Weasel Zippers

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