A woman living in Antigua and Barbuda is contemplating going to the police after being a victim of bigamy however she’s concerned that her husband will be imprisoned.
Bigamy is a legal term that refers to the condition of having more than one wife or husband at one time.
The Hispanic national who prefers to remain anonymous tells our newsroom that she found out in August this year that her husband of three years has two other wives in different countries.
“I didn’t know that he was married to these women. I found out not too long ago by accident. Now I don’t know what to do because if I make a report to the police he will go to jail and I love my husband”, she said.
The woman who is also Antiguan and Barbudan by naturalization said she met her husband during an event at Jolly Habour and instantly fell in love with him.
“He is a wonderful man. Very quiet. He works hard and makes money. I just didn’t know when he travels to the Dominican Republic and Guyana that he was going there to meet his other family”, she said
The curvaceous 41-year-old said her husband also lied about not being able to have children, telling our newsroom that he has 7 children with his two other wives.
“He told me cannot have children because of an accident. We even talked about adopting and he pretended to agree with me,” she said.
The woman who has also been in discussion with a local attorney about the matter said she found out about her husband’s triple life through a male friend.
“A mutual friend gave me a hint. He told me he wanted to say something to me but he was worried he would get into trouble. I begged him for weeks until he told me indirectly that my husband wasn’t legally mine and I should confront him,” she said
The distraught woman said he didn’t deny the allegations when she confronted her husband.
“You are my wife. The others are my wives. He told me that my relationship with them cannot affect my relationship with him. I was shocked. I thought he would tell me it wasn’t true but he admitted it,” she said.
The woman said her husband was honest and told her about his other wives, showing her photos of his other children as well.
“I hear about these things but never did I think for a moment this would be my life,” she admitted
Since the shocking revelation, the woman said she has been in “two minds” about telling the police about the matter since bigamy is a crime in Antigua and Barbuda.
“But when I get him arrested what will I do? He is my life. He is my husband. I love him how am I supposed to live without him? But then how will I live knowing I’m in this situation?”.
In Antigua and Barbuda, the act of bigamy is a crime, and the marriage to the second spouse is subject to annulment, as well as civil and criminal consequences in some cases.
“So, this means I don’t have a husband if it is only the first wife who takes precedence over the others. This cannot be right”, she said
When asked whether she would report the matter to the police, the woman said she is still contemplating however her lawyer stands ready to take action once she makes up her mind.