THE CAMEROONS: Social Security

Was it fitting & proper for the Fon (King) of Bikom to have as many wives as he liked? The U.N. has been burdened with this question since July 1948, when St. Joan's Social and Political Alliance of London (a Roman Catholic lay organization dedicated to women's rights) presented a complaint concerning plural marriage in the British Cameroons. One missionary, said the complaint, had reported that the Fon had 600 wives, charged that he had taken one girl to his harem by force. Last year the U.N. Trusteeship Council sent a visiting...

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