Friday , October 20 2017

‘Second marriage sole right of men, no need to ask first wife’

‘Extradition treaty with UK effective, Egypt awaits nod’

KUWAIT CITY, July 2: Muslim clerics are of the view that it is wrong in Islam to seek permission from a wife before marrying another one, indicating the act of informing the first wife about the intention to marry another wife can only take place in the form of a friendly notification rather than seeking permission, reports Al-Rai daily.

The above-stated issue became a subject of discussion after MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei submitted a draft bill to amend law number 51/1984 concerning personal status. The proposal stipulates that Religious Documentation Department should inform the first wife whenever a man applies for marriage to another woman.

For his part, Dr Ahmad Al-Hajji Al-Kurdi from Fatwa Department in the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs said nothing mandates the husband to seek permission from the first wife before taking another wife, noting it is the absolute right of a man to marry another wife. However, informing the first wife is a commendable step, because the woman cannot prevent or impose the second marriage, he stressed.

Director of Moderation Consolidation Center at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Dr Abdullah Al-Shuraikah explained that a wife in such instance is informed based on social consideration to avoid problems since the couple may have agreed on the issue.

He pointed out that the first wife has no right to put down any condition before her husband if he decides to take another wife. He reiterated the decision is the sole right of men, indicating Islam does not give women the right of approval or consent in that concern.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated development, Minister of Justice and State Minister for National Assembly Affairs Dr Faleh Al-Azeb has announced a meeting with the representatives of Ministry of Justice at the end of this month. He stressed that the delegates who did not achieve their administrative tasks will be transferred after the meeting while those who achieved between 90 and 95 percent of the case declarations will be rewarded, reports Al-Anba daily.

Regarding the extradition agreements with Egypt and Britain, the minister said the agreement with Britain has come into effect while the agreement with Egypt is still with the parliament for approval. During an interview, Dr Al-Azeb said the experts sector of the ministry has been expanded with the addition of eight departments.

The new supervisors and heads of sections make the number of incumbents in supervisory positions 200. He affirmed that the recent appointment of 550 Kuwaitis as experts represents an important addition to the sector to speed up the transactions.

The minister disclosed that the experts department will be distributed to all governorates and to the corridors of the courts so that an expert will be available in the court whenever a judge requires expert opinion.

This will help in expediting the completion of cases. Dr Al-Azeb explained that it is not possible to prevent or deprive a person of the right to movement in this era of technology except those involved in criminal cases. As for financial cases of amounts ranging from KD 100 to even KD 1,000, it is unlikely a Kuwaiti citizen will escape the country for not paying this amount

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