A top court in India ruled Thursday that the country’s Muslims were misusing their holy book, the Quran, in order to have more than one wife.
The Gujarat High Court said Islam’s provision of polygamy was being misused by men for “selfish reasons,” the Press Trust of India news agency reports.
The court was hearing a petition from a Muslim man who wanted to dismiss a police complaint by his wife accusing him of marrying another woman without her consent. Although he said Muslim personal law allowed one to have up to four wives, the court said the country must embrace a uniform civil code.
Muslims make up roughly 10% of the population of the state of Gujarat, which was the scene of communal violence in 2002 that led to the deaths of hundreds of Muslims, including many women and children.
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