A cartel of eight marriage officials in Saudi Arabia have formed a new WhatsApp group that facilitates men to have multiple wives.
The group is called ‘polygamy’ and calls for Saudi men to marry more than one wife.
900 women from Pakistan, B’Desh, China, Yemen sign up on WhatsApp group to become 2nd, 3rd or 4th wives of Saudi men https://t.co/McnMbvi7C2
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) January 9, 2017
To lure women the cartel has kept it free of cost and nearly 1000 women including divorcees, single women and widows, have already signed up for this.
These women said that they did not mind being the second, third or fourth wife of a man.
These women hail from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Syria, Nigeria, Morocco, Yemen, and Palestine.
Aged between 18 years to 55 years, their heights ranged from 140 to 177 centimeters and their weight 45-98 kg.
The Saudi Gazette reported that some Saudi women have also registered for the group.
Surprisingly, the list also included women with no education at all but they did not mind polygamy.
When asked about their partner’s traits, these women gave varied answers. One asked for £13,000 salary, while another said the man to marry her should have memorized the entire Qur’an.
The marriage officials said they would contact them whenever there was an interested suitor.
Overall, the whatsapp cartel looks like an organised racket that wants to lure women (especially middle and lower income groups) from South Asian countries into Saudi Arabia. Non-Saudi women who get involved with Saudi men also face difficult times as they cannot go anywhere, have no say about their children, treated as a foreigner, and are never accepted by his family.
Polygamy is often offered as a solution to the problem of destitute women, but it gives more problems to women than solutions. The National, a leading newspaper out of the United Arab Emirates, in a report revealed how polygamy is injurious to the mental health of women in such relationships, fostering negative emotions and ultimately creating harmful patterns that detract from having a healthy emotional life.
Dr Rana Raddawi, an English professor at the American University of Sharjah, studied 100 Arab women who were in polygamous marriages, and found that many of them were consumed by feelings of neglect and jealousy that severely impacted their lives and mental health.
Twitteratis are having their own take on the Whatsapp group:
— George McClellan (@SexyPlant_) January 9, 2017
— Kuldip Pandey (@KuldipPandey) January 9, 2017
— harit seth (@haritseth) January 9, 2017
— विजेंद्र Vijendra (@Vijendra1Verma) January 9, 2017
@TarekFatah It’s a racket…money will be fleeced from Dumb Saudi men & lots of middleman will get cuts & old used will be sold to sexlavery
— Atif Rعاطفझारखंडी (@salezbay) January 9, 2017
@TarekFatah Sir, many from poor Muslim families in Kerala would have probably been listed already.
— Krishna Prasad (@Lyferocz) January 9, 2017
@TarekFatah when beauty of the women fed away after so many husband then what??
— deep (@Hate_Pakistan) January 9, 2017