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Islam, polygamy and power in the case of the West Java official
The 40-year-old district official repudiated his wife after four days of marriage because "she was not a virgin" and he had a right "to an untouched bride". Although president Yudhoyono has called for his dismissal, the case raises questions about the relationship between religion, society, women's rights and abuses of power.
20/08/2013 INDONESIA - ISLAM
In Sumatra, female students to undergo virginity tests to fight prostitution
A proposal to such an effect comes from HM Rasyid, head of the Department of Education in Prabumulih Regency. Concerned for high school kids, he wants the measure introduced next year. This has proven controversial on social networks and among civil society groups. The commodification of the female body is a widespread phenomenon that also affects the very young.
15/10/2014 INDONESIA - ISLAM
With a small fine, polygamy makes a comeback in Indonesia
A district in West Nusa Tenggara Province opens the door to "multiple families". Paying a US$ 80 fine will suffice to get another wife. For the district's top official, this will reduce graft among public officials charged with fighting the practice. However, the local bylaw violates a national law and the fine's amount is pitiful.
15/07/2011 INDONESIA – ISLAM
Accepted by most Indonesians, polygamy is rejected by young people
Public figures and politicians are increasingly willing to admit they practice polygamy. A survey indicates however that most young Indonesian Muslims reject it as well as premarital sex.
Jakarta: ulemas and government agree on prison and fines for common law couples
Common law and polygamous couples could get up to three months in jail and fines of up to US$ 535,000. Religious Affairs Ministry drafts bill, backed by powerful Ulemas Council. Whilst legal in Islam, polygamy is seen as “bad” and a sign of selfishness.
Indonesian Muslim women fighting back: woman divorces husband and asks US$ 10,000 for her lost virginity
The case occurred in Najarmasin, southern Sulawesi. The husband had first sued his wife demanding US$ 5,000 for the love he showed her during the marriage. The wife has refused to pay. The parties have so far failed to reach an agreement.
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