Polygamy debate in Turkey
Updated at 1:45 pm on 13 August 2012
A storm is brewing in Turkey over polygamy, a practice that was officially abolished back in 1926.
Deutsche Welle Radio reports the row started when a well-known talk show host said polygamy should be legalised because it's in the Koran.
And she said she had offered a friend, who is single, as a second wife to her husband.
''If I were a man, I would be a polygamist,'' she said.
Her husband reportedly declined the offer.
Deutsche Welle says polygamy is commonplace in south-eastern Turkey, a conservative region, and also in more developed areas and Istanbul. The ruling AKP party is staying silent on the issue.
The treatment of women in Turkey is a key area of concern for the European Commission as Turkey seeks to join Europe.
Accession talks with the European Union will begin later this year.
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