TUNISIA: Goodbye to Four Wives

As one of its first acts as an independent nation, the new Moslem-dominated state of Tunisia this week abolished plural marriage (up to four wives at any one time) sanctioned for Moslems by the Koran and by the example of Prophet Mohammed. "These measures have been taken to better protect the home, the base of society," announced Premier Habib Bourguiba, an Arab who has but one wife, a Frenchwoman. He added that girls would no longer be permitted to become child-brides at 14 or less, that youths and girls over 20 need...

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