Negative Implications Of Polygamy

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The Negative Implications of Polygamy Affinity for human beings to live in pairs is entirely natural. An idyllic marriage is characterised by peace, harmony and trust. Tenderness becomes the driving force for the two participants to perfect their life for the present and thereafter. On the contrary, a discontented marriage is one that leads to despair and disillusionment and negatively affects the people involved. Polygamy is said to be practice that leads to the same. Defined as the condition of marrying multiple wives at the same time, polygamy has been a tradition that has been prevalent for centuries in many cultures namely Islam and Hinduism. Several sacred books and scriptures provide abundant evidence of the fact that polygamy was…show more content…
It is a stagnant and a one sided tradition that simply does not encourage growth of an individual. Ancient scriptures have only provided evidence as to how polygamy favours men. If we study ancient India, we realize that polygamy was practiced by the rich and the powerful. The Yagnavalkya, a Hindu law book, stipulates that men should only marry a woman who hasn’t been married before. However, the same rule was not mentioned in the case of a woman. This very fact is perfectly depicted in the book ‘Palace of Illusions” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, wherein Bheeshma’s brother says that a woman who has embraced another in her heart is not chaste whereas he himself was to get married for the third…show more content…
“The husband is the family member who is most successful in fulfilling his needs and desires. He has access to more than one sexual partner every night, whereas his wives will need to take their turn,” Masjaliza noted. Hence, it comes as no surprise that 65% of the husbands interviewed, recommended polygamy as a family institution. But only 25% of first wives and about 50% of second wives held this view. For that reason one can say that polygamy as an institution gratifies the male psyche. On the flip side, women in polygamous relationships often suffer from negative emotions. A survey of 100 Arab women found that many of them experienced feelings of neglect and jealousy. Polygamy subordinates women and fails to treat them as equals to men. Firstly, polygamy produces male dominated marriages where the wife is voiceless. Secondly, it forces women into subordinate roles which results in unworkable families, full of strife, abuse and
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