MUSLIM men in Britain are having up to 20 children with multiple wives under Islamic law, politicians have warned.
Cross-bench peer Baroness Cox raised several "shocking" cases of Sharia law "discriminating" against Muslim women – and claimed it could even fuel extremism. She revealed cases of men divorcing their wives by simply saying "I divorce you" three times under the "quasi-legal system".
She said: "My Muslim friends tell me that in some communities with high polygamy and divorce rates, men may have up to 20 children each. "Clearly, youngsters growing up in dysfunctional families may be vulnerable to extremism and demography may affect democracy."
Although Bigamy is illegal in the UK. multi-marriages are currently recognised in the UK – provided the weddings took place in countries where the practice is legal. It is estimated that as many as 20,000 polygamous Muslim marriages exist in the UK. Cross-bench peer Baroness Cox said a changing demography may affect democracy. Corin Taylor, of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “Polygamy is not something which British law allows and British taxpayers should not have to pay for extra benefits for second or third wives.” Tory spokesman Chris Grayling who was equally indignant said: “You are not allowed to have multiple marriages in the UK, so to have a situation where the benefits system is treating people in different ways is totally unacceptable. This sets a precedent that will lead to more demands for the culture of other countries to be reflected in UK law and the benefits system.” The husband is entitled to £90.80 a week income support for himself and his first wife and £33.65 for each additional wife. The families are also entitled to child benefit for every child and could argue for greater housing benefit and council tax credits because of the need for larger properties.