Since 2014, he says, the numbers of people coming to the sites have topped 30,000: a claim that can’t be verified. And eventually governments will be forced to rethink legalizing polygamous unions.
In Britain, statistics show that up to 75 per cent of Muslim marriages are not registered. Why would 21st century Western women choose polygamy?
Weddings would be performed by religious officials or in ceremonies among friends, without official registration.
If the pair is in a committed relationship, “there’s no need for a piece of paper,” he says.
In ancient times it was a practical solution for those who were widowed and impoverished by wars or disasters, needing male protection.
Today, it’s often identified with forced and underage marriage, sexual abuse and religious extremism.
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