Recently Punjab opposition MP Samina Khawar Hayat gave a disturbing statement while speaking on the issue of rising number of single women in the country who are in their 30’s. She gave the bizarre idea of encouraging married men to marry second time to help such women.This statement shows the mindset of female politicians in our right wing parties (e.g., PML-N, PML-Q, Jamaat-e-Islami etc).
While condemning this suggestion, Sherry Rehman, senior leader of the PPP, contended that a man was not allowed to enter into second wedlock without permission from his first wife. Referring to the the statement of PML-Q’s woman MPA in the Punjab Assembly (in which she claimed that a Muslim man could have more than one wife without getting permission from his first wife), Sherry Rehman expressed her concern over the silence of the Punjab government as well as the federal government over the issue. She argued that the Jamiah Al Azhar of Egypt had issued a decree (fatwa) that no one was allowed to indulge into polygamy under the prevailing circumstances.