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Muslim Personal Law Practices

Muslim Personal Law Practices:

A five-judge Constitution Bench on Tuesday impleaded the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the National Commission of Women (NCW) and the National Commission of Minorities as parties in a batch of petitions challenging the Muslim Personal Law practices such as polygamy and nikah halala.

  • The Supreme Court also issued notice in a separate petition in the batch, which said the personal law practices violated Section 494 of the Indian Penal Code.
  • The section makes “marrying again during lifetime of husband or wife” an offence punishable with imprisonment up to seven years and fine.
  • The case will be listed after the Dasara holidays.
  • Petitioners argue that polygamy and nikah halala (bar against remarriage with divorced husband without an intervening marriage with another man) are unconstitutional.