Phantom Polygamists and Family First

October 5, 2016 in General

Bob McCoskrie is seeing things again- in this case, he’s imagining that polygamy has been decriminalised in New Zealand following a media article on a Pakistani man with two wives and several children who was in a domestic abuse trial in Auckland. Actually, the truth is less than meets the eye here.

Yasir Mohib has two wives and three children. He beat his wife with a hammer because she wouldn’t hold hands with him while watching a movie. Judge Philippa Cunningham declined to deport Mohib because he had pleaded guilty on the three charges and if deported, he would be unable to support his non-estranged partner and their three children from the two marriages. One assumes that Mr Mohib entered both marriages in Pakistan within Muslim religious auspices. Contrary to Mr McCoskrie’s assertions, he has done nothing wrong.

Let me explain. Under Section 206 of the Crimes Act 1961, bigamy is still illegal. Under the Marriage Act 1955 and the Marriage Amendment Act 2013, New Zealanders can only enter marriages between two people, regardless of gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. Given Canada’s British Columbian Supreme Court Bountiful case in November 2011, it is highly unlikely that anywhere in the non-Muslim/non-African areas of the British Commonwealth will act to decriminalise polygamy any time soon, as that verdict upheld Section 293 of Canada’s Criminal Code, in response to overtures from the British Columbian branch of the polygamist Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints, a schismatic Mormonoid sect that still practices polygynous polygamy, with rampant domestic abuse, pedophile ‘marriage’ of child brides, expulsion of teenage males and other hideous criminal activities.

However, Section 206 only applies to marriages contracted within New Zealand, between New Zealand citizens. If someone should enter New Zealand from a jurisdiction where polygamy is legal, then polygamous marriages contracted outside this country are treated as legal under the Family Proceedings Act 1980, Section 2, but only for purposes of income maintenance, visitation rights and child support payments upon the dissolution of such relationships. To not do so would be to plunge dependent spouses and children of polygamous parents into total destitution. Actually, that’s one disincentive to enter polygamous relationships for men- if they’re the sole breadwinner, they’re under enormous health stress to support their dependent spouses and offspring.

And there endeth this little storm in a tiny teacup!


Jared Savage: “Hammer assault: Auckland husband who beat wife was allowed to walk free” New Zealand Herald: 03.10.2016:

Section 206, Crimes Act 1961 (Bigamy):

Section, Family Proceedings Act 1980:

Reference re: Section 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada, 2011 British Columbia Supreme Court 1858 (CanLII):

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