Polygamy has existed in India since Vedic times. Even in today?s world, the practice continues and in fact thrives. Polygamy should be abolished and the people, who practice it, should be strictly dealt by the law
But according to the latest update, the minister is back to his first wife Seema Bishnoi. This whole drama portrays the tragic story of the two women, who are the innocent victims of this social practice of polygamy.
Polygamy is becoming a new trend in contemporary, urban India. Is new age polygamy a continuation of traditional social norms? The Vedic scriptures, upon which the Hindu laws were based, clearly outlined that all classes could take more than one wife.
Polygamy has been a thriving practice in all parts of India. Even in the South, M Karunanidhi, the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, has married at least 3 women, the first of whom is dead. Moreover, in the districts of the state, men believe in the concept of ‘the more the merrier.’
Polygamy exists in the upper and lower echelons of our society unaffected by the traditional heritage and value system of our Indian society.
Film director Mahesh Bhatt
’s film Zakhm was a flashback on his own life. His father married twice but as his mother was a Muslim, he couldn’t accept her openly.
In a hypocrite society as ours, does the ‘other woman’ ever become an accepted part of a polygamous treaty? This is such an unfair practice.
Bollywood couples Dharmendra-Hema Malini
, Salim Khan-Salma Khan-Helen live by their own rules and conditions.
According to Buddhism, polygamy is discouraged and is considered a sin. It is said that ‘a man who is not satisfied with one woman and seeks out other woman is on the path to decline.’
In Hinduism, polygamy was practised by many sections of the Hindu society in ancient times. Even in Ramayana, father of lord Rama, king Dasharath, had three wives. But Rama pledged himself just one wife.
Under the Hindu Marriage Act, polygamy is banned by law and is considered illegal for Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists.
Christianity enforces the ideal of one god and one life partner. It rejects the idea of a person to marry several wives.
In Islam, polygamy is allowed for men, with the specific limitation that they can only have up to four wives at any one point of time. The Quran also states that men, who choose this route must deal with their wives as fairly as possible, doing everything that they can to spend equal amounts of money and time on each of them.
So referring to the ancient times, the modern-day polygamists are doing nothing new but instead, they are carrying forward this age old ritual and practice very boldly.
Law should take its own course and strictly implement the Act against this practice in the Indian Society. Polygamy should be abolished and the people, who practice it, should be heavily punished and strictly dealt by the law.
Polygamy should end because its existence violates the principle of equality between the sexes and its ruins the traditional values and ethics of our Indian society known all over the world.