Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Polygamy in the Netherlands

The Dutch government, it turns out, has been taking a novel approach to data on polygamous unions - its Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) has been erasing multiple entries on the assumption that they are mistakes. Said one official, "A man with two wives just cannot exist by law." The CBS has been doing the same thing regarding registration of child marriages. Now the Amsterdam city council is suggesting that the polygamy cases be re-examined. No indication of whether the CBS will also come under pressure to trace the child brides. (Thanks to Islamist Watch.)

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