Interesting that this is coming out at the same time that a former Kuwaiti candidate for parliament is calling for a revival of the old Qur’anic system of taking sex slaves from infidel raids, and selling them in Kuwaiti markets to help satisfy the Kuwaiti man’s sexual appetite (stay tuned here for more on that story.) This is translated from Khaberni, 11 June 2011:
Faysal al-Duwaysan intends to offer a proposal in the Representative Legislative Institution in the Umma’s Council (Parliament), which would grant a reward of up to $15,000 to the Kuwaiti man who marries a second wife. This would carry with it the stipulation that the women be over 40, widowed, or divorced.
The Public Council for Citizens’ Information in Kuwait revealed the existence of more than 30,000 Kuwaiti women who have not married, and have entered into the segment of society in which they’re known as “old maids.” According to these statistics, this includes women from age 25 through 65 and older, considering that women finish their college education around age 23.
Al-Duwaysan confirmed to the Emirati (UAE) paper “al-Bayan” on Saturday his intention to push for adoption of the proposal, saying: “This is the best solution to curb the “old maid” problem, and eliminate many of the societal problems which began to appear in society as a result of the aggravation of this phenomenon.”
The deputy said: “The high rates (of “old maids”) make it imperative on everybody–including governmental and even non-governmental institutions–to move to confront the phenomenon which has become a threat. Especially since the numbers indicate there are tens of thousands of unmarried women, alongside a comparable number of men who resort to taking a non-Kuwaiti woman as a second wife. This indicates that marriage to foreign women is the most serious factor in the spread of the “old maid” phenomenon.”
Al-Duwaysan stated that the aim of the proposal is to contribute, from the side of the Legislative Institution, to solving the society’s problems. He stressed that this continues his serious efforts to put forth appropriate solutions which are compatible with the religion, customs, and traditions of Kuwaiti society.