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    Kerala high court judge Justice B Kamal Pasha stirred a hornet’s nest on Sunday by asking why Muslim women could not have four husbands while the men enjoyed the same privilege under the Muslim personal law.

    Addressing a seminar organised by an NGO run by women lawyers in Kozhikode, Pasha said Muslim personal laws are heavily loaded against women. He blamed religious heads for establishing the hegemony of men and wanted them to introspect during religious discourses on sensitive issues.

    Under the Muslim personal law, a man can marry four times. Although many Muslim countries have banned polygamy, it is still prevalent in India.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/...XUMgUFLNJ.html
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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    Kerala high court judge Justice B Kamal Pasha stirred a hornet’s nest on Sunday by asking why Muslim women could not have four husbands while the men enjoyed the same privilege under the Muslim personal law.

    Addressing a seminar organised by an NGO run by women lawyers in Kozhikode, Pasha said Muslim personal laws are heavily loaded against women. He blamed religious heads for establishing the hegemony of men and wanted them to introspect during religious discourses on sensitive issues.

    Under the Muslim personal law, a man can marry four times. Although many Muslim countries have banned polygamy, it is still prevalent in India.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/...XUMgUFLNJ.html
    He raises a legitimate point. Under the law, both genders should be treated equally so why is it that a man has access to something that others do not (be it positive or negative).
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    Excellent point - which is EXACTLY why personal law based on religion needs to go in India. This would be a great step forward to making India a secular country in practice as well (rather than just on paper).

    Compared to the personal law of other religious communities which have evolved with the times, the laws that apply to us are hardly ever modified and when they are, it's because politicians want to placate the extreme conservatives and the the radical clerics for votes.

    Common Civil Law ftw!
 
 
 
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