A prominent religious authority in Kyrgyzstan has admitted to taking a second wife, sparking a national discussion on polygamy in the process.
Chubak azhy Zhalilov broke the news on his YouTube account and argued that he wants to see more men follow his example.
“I had no wish to get married a second time, but I wanted to show the example. If I don’t start, then who will? I want to say this to men who have the chance to marry a second time, but not everybody has the capability to do this,” he said.
Zhalilov’s second wife is a 30-year old widow who formerly worked as a nanny in Turkey. He said that his first wife is irked at his decision to take another bride, but that the situation will “sort itself out.”
“To the wives of men who take second wives, go ahead and cry, but don’t make a scene in public. These are traditions after all,” he said.
While conservative commentators have registered approval of Zhalilov’s actions, others believe he is simply indulging in criminal behavior.
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