Kuwait’s coronavirus lockdown has created a logistical nightmare for polygamist men– who are facing jail time or steep fines for leaving home to split time with all of their wives, according to a report.
Thousands of multi-wived men in the Gulf State have been ordered, along with the rest of the country, to stick to one household under the “total” lockdown until May 30, the Agence France-Press reported
“My life has become so complicated,” Abu Othman, who has 10 children between two wives, told the outlet.
The 45-year-old said that he’s struggling to make sure that neither wife feels neglected during the pandemic.
“Sometimes police patrols understand my situation, while at other times I have to apply for permission claiming there is a ‘family emergency,’” he told the AFP.
Under the lockdown measures, residents are allowed to shop for food only once every six days, after electronically obtaining permission, and then can only go outside for two-hour evening walks, the outlet reported.
Those who defy the rules, which also include wearing a face mask outdoors, could be hit with as much as a $16,00 fine or jailed for three months, according to the report.
Polygamist men have urged more flexibility to the rules, resulting in new changes issued Sunday that allow for those married to more than one woman to obtain electronic permits for one-hour visits, twice a week, according to the report.
But for some, one hour is not enough time to make the trip.
Abu Abdulaziz said his first wife lives too far from his second for him to be able to see both.
“For the first time, I haven’t seen some of my children,” he told the news outlet.
His first wife wasn’t thrilled that he was holed up with his second wife and their two children, the AFP reported.
“He could have chosen to stay with me,” his first wife, who requested anonymity, told the outlet.