Uzbekistan’s second wives’ club and their broken fathered children are cloaked in pain and dysfunction as polygamy is steadily on the rise

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Polygamy’s appeal is rising in this post-Soviet country.

“I have three children from my first husband, and two by my second,” she said. Then, although her voice remained steady, tears began to fall. “I give the impression that everything is OK on the outside, but inside I feel terrible.”

Manzura is a second wife. But her husband was not divorced or widowed before she married him. Manzura’s husband has two wives.

Second marriages are not legally recognized and carry the stigma of lower status. Often, such marriages are painful and hidden–much like the unspoken rules that govern this traditional society.

Polygamy is on the rise in Central Asia.

Statistics are deliberately few.

“I must do everything by myself,” Manzura said as tears streamed down her face. “I don’t want anyone to live as a second wife.”

Polygamous wives are most often kept secret and almost always live apart from first wives.

Further, these women have no legal status.

Second wives are housebound and isolated…..

For Manzura, her isolation was crystallized when her husband refused to attend the wedding of their daughter………

 

 Question of the day:  

Will these broken fathered low status youths become the throwaways of polygamy?  Isolated from normal social contact by gender apartheid?  Turned into fodder for the groomers  of terrorism and ultimately travel the brutal road to ISIS?  

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