Pakistan: CII chief says Muslim women cannot object to husbands’ marriages

ISLAMABAD-Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Chairman Maulana Mohammad Khan Sheerani (pictured) has said a Muslim woman cannot object to the second or subsequent marriages of her husband.

Presiding over a meeting of the council the other day, Sheerani said a woman could not demand divorce if her husband married a second, third or fourth time. He said Islam had given the women the right to separate from her husband, but another marriage could not be a valid ground for doing so.

The council discussed the relevant section of the Muslim Divorce Act, 1939, and observed that it was against Sharia.

We want the government to repeal this section, Maulana Sheerani said.

A woman can seek divorce under various circumstances and Clause (F) of Section 2 of the Act says: “If he has more than one wife, does not treat her equitably in accordance with the injunctions of the Holy Quran.”