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Ban Polygyny in India

Union government should be complimented for its yet other bold decision to end Haj-subsidy in one go, a step welcomed by all including Muslim-community and even main opposition Congress party. But big question is why Congress could not take the much-desired step in its own regime. Bitter fact remains that except the present ruling party at the Centre and some small political groups, all other major political parties till now used to stick to minority-appeasing policy simply for vote-bank politics which were in fact harmful for even the Minority community. Present Central Government has already marched ahead with its such other bold steps like on Triple Talaq which have given minority-women a sigh of relief where men in their community though publicly admitting a bad practice, but opposed legislation in this regard as some interference in religious matters.

Union government should take steps to ban multi-marriage by a Muslim man for a further step in welfare of Muslim-women. It is noteworthy that even most Islamic countries do not allow multi-marriages by men.

Ideal is to implement Uniform Civil Code where the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee once in Lok Sabha clarified that Uniform Civil Code does not mean law of majority community for all. Rather he emphasised that good aspects from all religions like compulsory consent of girl for marriage as per Islamic Law would be considered for an ideal Uniform Civil Code.

Madhu Agrawal

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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