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Fully Convertible? Not Quite

Don't cite Islamic law. There are many more bigamy cases among the Hindu population.

Fully Convertible? Not Quite
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Fully Convertible? Not Quite
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The 2001 census reveals that about five million women don't complain. At the time of counting, there were 237 million married women and only 232 million married men—five million women were plainly married to already married men (the census marks widows and divorced women in another class). What's more, the great majority of these women are not Muslim—3.6 million are Hindu, as compared to less than one million Muslims.

Among prominent Indians, multiple marriages are common—and range across the political and social spectrum. M. Karunanidhi currently has two wives. So does Ram Vilas Paswan. His Punjabi Brahmin second wife lives with him in Delhi while his first wife stays in his village in Bihar. Dharmendra became Deelawar Khan to marry Hema Malini. And p3p socialites Queenie and Raja Dhody also converted to Islam to marry, since Raja was still not divorced from his first wife Rita. (The story ended with Raja and Queenie's recent divorce). Boney Kapoor simply went ahead and took Sridevi as a second wife, and later formalised a quiet divorce with the first. Jayaprada, though, generously agreed to share her producer husband, Srikanth Nahata, with his first wife. Kuchipudi dancer Raja Reddy, married to two sisters, Radha and Kaushalya, lives in a happy union of trios.

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