Eritrean Government has ordered men to adopt polygamy or face imprisonment.

“Based on the law of God in polygamy, and given the circumstances in which the country is experiencing in terms of men shortage, the Eritrean department of Religious Affairs has decided on the following.”

First that every man shall marry at least two women and the man who refuses to do so shall be subjected to life imprisonment with hard labour.

“The woman who tries to prevent her husband from marrying another wife shall be punished to life imprisonment, “states a statement from the government

According to the government, every man should marry as many wives a possible and give birth to as many children as possible so as to fill the deficit caused by the war between the country and Ethiopia.

Though majority of men are excited about the order, a few feel it’s against human rights and it interferes with one’s freedom of choice. Several women are also opposed to the idea.