Eritrean men are being threatened with jail term unless they marry more than one wife.
A statement allegedly issued by the government of Eritrea is reportedly ordering men to marry at least two wives due to acute shortage of men caused by enormous casualties suffered during the civil war with Ethiopia.
In the statement written in Arabic, the government gave the assurance that it will give financial support to the polygamous marriages.
The translation states that, “Based on the law of God in polygamy, and given the circumstances in which the country is experiencing in terms of men shortage, the Eritrean department of Religious Affairs has decided on the following.
“Every man shall marry at least two women and the man who refuses to do so shall be subjected to life imprisonment with hard labour.
“The woman who tries to prevent her husband from marrying another wife shall be sent to life imprisonment,” alleges the activists in their translation.
Between May 1998 and June 2000, Eritrean-Ethiopian war saw about 150,000 soldiers killed from either side but having a bigger impact on male population in the tiny Eritrea nation who were then just four million people in total.