Govt in South Africa proposes letting women have multiple husbands
A proposal in South Africa to allow women to have multiple husbands has led to uproar among the conservative section of the country’s society. The green paper containing the proposal has been prepared by the country’s home department.
The polyandry proposal is one among the many in the green paper which seeks to make marriage more inclusive. But it has turned out to be the most controversial one.
The government has invited comments on the green paper till June 30. The paper was prepared in April, and opened for suggestions in May.
The government document has said that the legislation that regulates marriages in South Africa is not based on the provisions of the Constitution of the country. The law has some legacy issues, it further said.
“The purpose of the marriage policy is to establish a policy foundation for regulating the marriages of all persons that reside in SA. The envisaged marriage statute will enable South Africans and residents of all sexual orientations, religious and cultural persuasions to conclude legal marriages that will accord with the principles of equality, non-discrimination, human dignity and unity in diversity, as encapsulated in the Constitution,” the document said.