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Indonesia Divorce Rate Up Ten Fold-Why?

The Indonesian Religious Affairs Ministry said the number of divorces per year in their nation has increased ten fold since reform of the laws was introduced in the 1990s. In 1998, there was an average of about 20,000 divorced but last year that figure had increased to 200,000. The general feeling is that women have a greater awareness of their rights and will not put u; with certain behaviors of their husbands such as desiring to take a second wife. About two million marriages are recorded yearly in Indonesia and ten percent of them now end in divorce. There is even evidence of divorce based on differences between men and women over political views.

However, evidence indicates the most significant reason for divorce is due to the husband’s desire for another wife. The modern Indonesian woman will not put up with such a view and would prefer a divorce over living in a polygamous relationship with her husband. There is also some evidence as women go to work they develop a sense of economic independence which allows them to divorce their husband.

Indonesia Muslim Women Reject Polygamy!

The winds of change are sweeping through Indonesia and impacting the way of thinking of many women. An increasing number of Muslim women are choosing to divorce their husband if he decides to engage in a polygamous marriage with another woman. According to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, “there has been a significant increase in divorce because women have been rejecting polygamy in recent years.” Muslim scholar Siti Musadh Mulia, says this may stem from “women are now daring to fight for their rights and reject male domination.” Women may now feel the need to respect the integrity of their feelings and desire a sense of independence rather than believe the man is always right.

Ironically, polygamy is on the rise in Indonesia even as more and more women reject it. The force of media means as women in Indonesia become aware of world wide trends it may impact their own feelings as to their self worth and right to be treated as an independent person.