By Sara El Bekri
Marrakech – In a recent interview, famous Moroccan singer Dounia Batma was asked how she feels about marrying an already married man and whether she was happy with her decision.
Dounia showed great excitement when discussing her decision of getting married to the Bahranian millionaire Mohamed Al Turk. She explained how being his second wife was actually a source of ‘pride’ as she is ‘happy he found comfort with her’ and ‘it is God willing’.
She was also asked about her current relationship with her future husband’s 11 year old daughter Hala. She gladly stated that they enjoy a happy and peaceful relationship and that the little girl actually ‘considers her as a mother’.
Dounia Batma also did not forget to show off the expensive golden jewelry that her future husband offered her. Moreover, she promised a traditional wedding in Casablanca to take place in the beginning of the year 2014.
Most Moroccans, particularly women, have been shocked to learn that the young Moroccan artist made this unprecedented move and decided to marry an already married man. To make things worse, she gives interviews in which she tries to imply that her decision was well-thought-out and that her future husband is man who respects women.
First of all, I was extremely irritated hearing some of Dounia’s statements such as: ‘He is someone who respects his wife’. There it is, she said it carelessly without considering how crazy it sounded. He already has a wife and a happy marriage life. It is as if she does not consider for a minute that she might and certainly would disturb the peace of that marriage.
She fails to consider how marrying an already married man would ruin another woman’s happiness. I do not know how the first wife feels about her husband’s decision to take Dounia Batma as a second spouse but I know for sure that all human beings have feelings.
And thus, I allow myself to believe that she will be hurt for she will be sharing the father of her child with someone else. Indeed, he will not always be there as he will be forced to live two lives, love two women, and take care of two households. As a matter of fact, the millionaire Mohamed Al Turk will obviously have no problem doing so financially but it is realistically impossible to do so emotionally.
Also, I found her statement about her future husband’s daughter considering her as a mother quite mindless and unthought-of as it implies more than what Dounia probably meant. She obviously finds no harm marrying someone else’s husband but I strongly think she must reconsider her relationship with the first wife’s child.
Considering the feelings of Mohamed Al Turk’s first wife, she should not make the woman feel as if she will be taking away everything that matters to her, that is her husband and then her little daughter. Because this is how I would personally feel if I was in her shoes. In my opinion, she should have contended herself with explaining how she gets along pretty well with Hala and nothing more.
Dounia Batma obviously does not show the slightest concern about the negative impact of her actions on the millions of her girl fans. She does not care about how her decision would affect those girls who look up to her seeing her as the example of a successful Moroccan woman.
Such behaviors further emphasize the negative image of the Moroccan woman in Gulf countries. Moroccan women have long been unjustly considered men robber and gold diggers. Women who are well-known on an international scale such as Dounia Batma are supposed to try to correct those misrepresentations and not confirm them, which is unfortunately what Dounia Batma is doing today.
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