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British Muslim women don't mind being second wives

Sunday March 11, 2012 09:17:55 PM, IANS

London: Muslim career women in Britain are opting for polygamous relationships on not being able to find suitable men. They are not hesitating to be a second or third wife.

The Islamic Sharia Council, a Britain-based charity offering legal guidance to Muslims, claims to be receiving a high number of queries from women struggling to find suitable partners. Many of the women say they will prefer keeping high-profile jobs to looking after their husbands, the Daily Mail reported.

Although it is illegal in Britain to keep more than one wife, men marry again in a religious ceremony, allowing them to take up to four wives.

Mizan Raja, 35, who organises Muslim marriages around the world, said he has had hundreds of calls in the last six months from women asking about becoming second wives.

Raja said: "The demand for these relationships is led by the women, not the men. In one generation, women have become educated, entrepreneurial and professional.

He said many Muslim men just wanted a "homemaker" who can come home to clean house and dishes and serve food on their dining table.

The men don't want the "headache" of being in a relationship with a professional woman.

It is believed about 12,000 brides are brought to the Britain by Muslim men.




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