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CONSTITUTIONAL ASPECT OF PROVISION PROHIBITING BIAGAMY AND HOW BIGAMY IN INTERLINKED TO WOMEN SUPPRESSION

By Kaushal Kasliwal

In Indian culture, marriage is been seen as a union of two souls forever where men and women live as a husband and a wife and agree to form a family and to live life together forever. In India, there is a practice that is prevalent in some places in which a man marries more than one woman and keeps more than one wife with him which is also known as bigamy which also led to the suppression of women by men. This practice is been eliminated by our Indian legal system long ago by declaring this practice as an offense and by adding a provision prohibiting this practice in Indian criminal law but some people challenged the constitutional validity of the provision prohibiting this practice as they claimed that it is against of Article 25 of Indian Constitution. This short note does a detailed study of provisions prohibiting bigamy which aims to study what were the provisions which prohibit bigamy. Then this short note aims to study the constitutional validity of provisions prohibiting bigamy to study is provisions prohibiting bigamy are against Article 25 of the Indian Constitution or not? Then, at last, this short note studies the prevalent practice of bigamy and women suppression which aimed to study how prevalent practice of bigamy is linked to suppression of women.

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