A Meknes court ordered the arrest of a married Moroccan teacher who illegally took a second husband.
Rabat – A woman appeared before the King’s attorney general on Monday after her first husband filed a lawsuit against her for taking a second husband. Police arrested her on Sunday, February 17.
The first husband, who was serving a prison term, returned from jail in August 2018 to find that his wife had applied for divorce and married a second husband with whom she had a child.
The woman is reportedly suspected of forging divorce documents to marry her second spouse, a military man.
The woman, who works as a teacher, secretly started divorce procedures after her first husband’s release.
For its part, the Court of First Instance in Meknes noted the laxity of administrative officers who had not noticed that the documents the woman presented were forged.
The woman risks a prison term on charges of adultery and forgery.
According to Article 491 of the Moroccan Penal Code, “any married person convicted of adultery is punishable by imprisonment for one to two years; prosecution is pursued only on a complaint from the offended spouse.”
It was not the first time that a Moroccan woman had a polyandrous marriage.
Late in 2017, a young woman in the rural commune of Ben Mansour north of Rabat was legally married to two men until her first husband found out and filed a complaint against her.
While polygyny—the marriage of a man to more than one wife—is not uncommon in Morocco and other Arab or Muslim countries, polyandry—the marriage of a woman to more than one husband—is prohibited and seen as scandalous.