JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A new club in Indonesia that encourages Muslim wives to be totally obedient and to keep their husbands happy in the bedroom has generated an outcry from some activists.
The Obedient Wives Club was founded early this month by an Islamic group in Malaysia. The Indonesian branch of the club claims to have about 300 members.
Ellin Rozana of Indonesia's Women's Institute says, "Such a club is backward in emancipation and respect of women's rights."
But Makruf Amin of the influential Indonesian Cleric Council said he saw no problem with the club as long as it does not violate principles of Islam.
In 2009, the group behind the Obedient Wives Club set up a branch of the Polygamy Club in Indonesia, which also upset women's groups in the world's most populous Muslim nation.