Feb 26 2009
POLYGAMY UK: How thousands of men are milking the system to get the generous benefits that allow any man and the partner he lives with to claim benefits together – even if the woman is not officially registered as his wife.
By Sue Reid
The 6ft tall Somalian bowed to the judge, calling him ‘Sir’, before begging for his wife, Fatima, and their teenage son to be allowed to stay in Britain. Fatima, with a black khimar veil covering her hair and shoulders, sat quietly next to her husband.
The judge listened in silence. Perhaps he knew from past experience what was coming next. Abdi went on to reveal that Fatima was not his only wife. Indeed, he was a self-confessed bigamist who had a second, much younger wife and a 13-year-old daughter by her. They both lived nearby.
He was unable to produce wedding certificates or valid official documents to prove where, or when, he had married both women, therefore raising questions over the validity of the unions, under either Somali or British law.
Yet his story, unravelling at an ordinary weekday hearing at Taylor House, an asylum appeals’ centre in North London, is just one example of the growing phenomenon of multiple marriage in Britain.
Bigamy/Polygamy is outlawed in Britain, yet it is clear that officialdom is turning a blind eye to such marriages.
What is more, the review found, a Muslim man can claim state support of more than £10,000 a year to keep his wives, if the wedding took place in one of those countries where polygamy is commonplace, such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia and across huge tracts of Africa.
Controversially, a polygamist is also entitled to more generous housing benefits and bigger council houses to reflect the large size of his family. He is also able to claim £1,000 a year in child benefit for each of his growing brood.
But the Taxpayers’ Alliance, a lobby group, has complained: ‘Polygamy is not officially condoned here, so why should British taxpayers have to pay for extra benefits for men to have two, three or four wives?’
Last week, Baroness Warsi, a Tory spokesperson for community cohesion who is British-born of Pakistani parents, waded into the argument, warning that politicians have failed to tackle the problem of polygamy because of ‘cultural sensitivity’. DAILY MAIL
MOHAMMED AND HIS HAREM: Australian taxpayers are footing the bills for this arrogant Muslim’s ‘wives’ AND children.
This Australian Muslim is collecting welfare for his “wives” (to whom he may or may not be married to) and children. Watch him throw a chair at the news crew. And notice how brazen he his about living off the public dole.