Thursday, November 5, 2015

#Gujarat HC judge bats for uniform civil code

Justice JB Pardiwala of Gujarat HC has recommended an amendment of Muslim personal law for the abolition of polygamy in Muslim society in India.  He made these recomendation while adjudicating on a petition by a Muslim man who faced bigamy charges after marrying for a second time without his first wife's consent.

The man was charged ​under section 494 of the IPC, for bigamy, but his second marriage is valid as per Muslim Personal Law, so he could not be prosecuted for bigamy.
Justice Pardiwala said that when the Quran allowed polygamy, it was for a fair reason. "The Quran allowed conditional polygamy to protect orphans and their mothers from an exploitative society... When men use that provision today, they do it for a selfish reason."