Polygamy in Sri Lanka

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While polygamy is illegal in Sri Lanka, Muslim men take up to four wives, as allowed by Islam. Very few Muslim Sri Lankans, who make up 7% of the mostly Buddhist country (at 70%), have taken multiple wives. Like most countries that allow for polygamous unions, the husband must notify his first wife prior to taking additional wives.[1]

Sri Lankan law limits polygamy to Muslim men, although, polygamy and polyandry were practiced with the royal family till the end of colonial period.[2]


  1. ^ Sri Lanka: Family Code
  2. ^ L.S. Dewaraja. "The Position of Women in Buddhism". Buddhist Publication Society. Retrieved 2 June 2014.