Studying for a PhD in engineering at Cambridge, she might not seem like a prime candidate to enter into a polygamous marriage.
But that is what Nabilah Phillips did, dropping out of university to become the second woman married to businessman Hasan Phillips who has since acquired a third wife.
Yesterday it emerged that Mrs Phillips, from North London, is among thousands of Muslim women entering into such relationships which are illegal in the UK but allowed under sharia law which permits men to have four wives.
Bigamy is illegal: being legally (or, as it works out, trying to be legally) married to more than one person at the same time. But that’s not what happens here. There’s one legal marriage (or perhaps none) and a series of religious only marriages.
And the law says nowt about which sky fairy is allowed to determine who you decide to bed or live with.
Polygamy isn’t legal: there’s no legal recognition of the relationships for example, no claims for benefits as a married couple etc. But it’s also not illegal either. Probably best described as alegal. You know, like so many things in life, there’s no special provision in the law for it either way. Also known as freedom and liberty.