Bigamy cannot be allowed for Muslims alone: Plea in Supreme Court challenges Section 494 IPC, Section 2 of Shariat Application Act

The petitioners pray that words ‘in any case in which such marriage is void by reasons of its taking place’ occurring in Section 494 of IPC be read down/strike down.

The practice of bigamy cannot be allowed for one religious community alone while it is prohibited for persons from other religions, a plea before the Supreme Court has stated seeking a declaration that the practice is unconstitutional, oppressive towards women and opposed to equality.

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