Polygamy cannot be regarded as essential part of Islam, says Indian government

women-in-islamnews56sf656f5The Indian government has petitioned the country’s Supreme Court for a ban on polygamy, the practice of of having more than one wife.
It has also called the practice of triple talaq “misplaced in a secular country”. It allows Muslim men to divorce their wives by repeating the word “talaq,” meaning “I divorce you,” three times.
Currently, India’s constitution allows Muslims – the biggest minority religion in the country – to regulate their own laws governing matters such as marriage, divorce and inheritance.
However the government of Narendra Modi has filed an affidavit to the court arguing that polygamy and triple talaq impacts a woman’s status and her right to live with confidence and dignity, The Indian Express reports.