A Pakistani Man, living in Quetta, Balochistan province of Pakistan aims to father 100 children and is on the lookout for a fourth wife. Sardar Jan Mohammad Khilji, a 46 year old medical technician, believes it his religious duty to father as many kids as possible.
Khilji has the support of his three current wives regarding his matrimonial aims and insists that they are happy with his decision. However, the media wasn’t permitted to speak to any of his wives.
Polygamy has become very rare in Pakistan’s conservative Muslim society although its still practiced. Khilji says that he offers his affections to all his family members in turns and attends family events with the kids and their mothers.
Polygamy is considered to result in depression and mental agony among women and children as they suffer the most in this scenario. Although Pakistani men can marry four times as per Islam, they have to earn permission from their first wife and an arbitration council for this purpose. As per Rafia Zakaria, a women’s rights activist, the Quran says that multiple wives can only be taken if a husband is capable to provide ‘perfect justice’.
Khilji and his family reside in a five bedroom mud hut situated in the outskirts of Quetta. Two of his children seem to be happy with his decision and support his life’s goals.
His eldest child, 15 year old Shagufta Nasreen aspires to pursue medicine like her father. She explained “A large family is like Allah bestowing a case of mangoes”.
Khilji’s eldest son, 13 year old Mohammad Esa, admires his father and aspires to have more than 100 children of his own.
Khilji runs an unregulated clinic where people are treated for minor issues like headaches. He charges just Rs. 250 ($2.30) per patient and offers free services to the poor. Further, he also runs a seminary funded by donations where approximately 400 children including four of his sons study the Koran. He also says that 20 of his 35 children attend private school.
Khilji has accepted that his family’s needs will definitely increase as his children grow up and is thus looking towards the government for support. However, if the government doesn’t listen to him, he has faith that God will take care of him.
Pakistan has the highest birth rate in South Asia – around 3 children per woman according to World Bank and government figures.
All his marriages have been arranged by his parents. However, since his story appeared in Pakistani media, his next marriage can also take place through Facebook. He has received various offers through the social network and is hopeful of taking the next plunge soon.
Sardar Jan Mohammad Khilji, a 46 year old medical technician in Quetta, Balochistan believes it his religious duty to father as many kids as possible.Khilji has accepted that his family’s needs will definitely increase as his children grow up and is thus looking towards the government for support