Letter to the Editor
I'm writing in response to the article you published titled Polygamy is Still Tolerated in Indonesia, Advocates and Activists Speak Out in issue no. 159. I liked how the author addressed the topic using historical references as opposed to merely religious viewpoints, which people often rely on here. Polygamy has been a subject frequently debated in Indonesia, and even in my circle, which makes it interesting to see in print.
What is commonly misconstrued, though, is the idea that Islam deprives women's rights because it supports the practise. Sadly, people nowadays use religion as an excuse to marry more than one person for their own selfish desires. It is important to understand that these things are always contextual and that any religion respects people's rights and protects them from harm.
I, for one, am not keen on the idea of having more than one wife. One is hard enough!
Ps. I can't help but notice, as an ardent reader over the four years, that you are coming up to issue number 160 – that is quite the accomplishment!
Tommy in Bali