Constitutionality of Polygamy in India

  • Ananya Konur
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  • Ananya Konur

    Student at IFIM Law School, India

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The British invasion into India and their intentions of keeping the Indians divided on the basis of their religion, has proved to be a successful move. This has been proved several times throughout history and even in the present time through all the inter-religious conflicts that the Indian citizens have always involved themselves in. This hatred that the British implanted in our minds has grown with such deep roots that it has spread its branches to the extent of expressing hatred and disgust again each other not only within India but even other countries following the same religion. Hatred has reached a level where the public does not agree to certain practices despite the logic and sense simply because it is practiced by the opposing religion. Similarly, on the other hand, certain practices are encouraged merely because the other religion does not entertain it. This has led to multiple conflicts between the three main religious sections of India, namely: Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. One such highly debated practice is that of polygamy. Polygamy is a purely familial and personal decision which has unfortunately been connected to the religion of the individual. It has become an act that is permitted, even legally, only for persons of certain religiously oriented persons. In addition to this discrimination, polygamy has also become an act permitted for the members of one sexual community. These boundaries too have been set by the religious heads or leaders of specific religions. All of these aspects have been highlighted in this paper on the Constitutionality of Poygamy in India.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 5, Page 910 - 914


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