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Survey says Malaysia wives, children in polygamous families unhappy because men too stretched

July 22, 2010
Survey says Malaysia wives, children in polygamous families unhappy because men too stretched
by Sean Yoong
The Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian children and first wives in polygamous families overwhelmingly oppose the practice because the men seem too stretched to devote enough time and money to them, according to the country’s largest study on the effects of polygamy.

Though sanctioned by Islam, polygamy is a hot-button issue for Malaysia’s Muslims, who make up nearly two-thirds of the country’s 28 million people. Statements made by about 1,600 members of polygamous households to university researchers appear to bolster claims by women’s rights activists, who have long said the practice undermines the well-being of wives and children.

http://pewforum.org/Religion-News/Survey-says-Malaysia-wives-children-in-polygamous-families-unhappy-because-men-too-stretched.aspx

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