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Polygamy in Canada: An Open Secret

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Wednesday 16 January 2019, by siawi3

Source: The Canadian Council of Muslim Women, Jan 16 2019

Polygamy in Canada: An Open Secret:
CBC’s The Fifth Estate

“Polygamy is against the Canadian Criminal Code, yet some imams are openly willing to do it for men who want second wives, including one of the most prominent imams in the country.”

The Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) believes polygamy is based on the values of tribal patriarchy and is inherently harmful to women and children. We supported the decision of Justice Bauman of the B.C. Supreme Court to uphold the ban on polygamy. For our full position paper on polygamy, please click here.

“It is up to the law makers and it is up to the courts now. How do they want to address polygamy? Are they going to start looking at enforcing the law? Are there going to be criminal prosecutions? Are there going to be convictions? Can you call the police and say, ‘My husband is in a second marriage, please charge him for it?’”

— Sabha Sajjad-Hazai, a lawyer practicing in Ontario and a member of the national board of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women in CBC’s The Fifth Estate episode Polygamy in Canada: An Open Secret. VIDEO here

“The way polygamy is practised today is unfair to women"
— Imam Hamid Silmi of the Sayeda Khadija Centre in Mississauga, Ontario and past head of the Canadian Council of Imams