Let­ter to the Editor

Indonesia Expat - - LETTER FROM 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

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