Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad reiterated the government's stand against triple talaq and polygamy. He added that such practices were anti-women, violated the Constitution and that even Muslim countries had reformed their matrimonial laws to put an end to them.
"The point is, if India is a secular country, can women of a particular community be allowed to live in a practice which makes them vulnerable, which discriminates and robs them of their dignity?" Prasad said.
"We respect the right to faith but every pernicious or unreasonable practice cannot be held integral to a faith,” he said. Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Indonesia, Egypt, Iran and Pakistan were among those that had amended such laws.
"My take is that more than one dozen Islamic countries changing matrimonial laws was not found to be violative of Sharia. How can the same argument be entertained in a secular country like India?", said the Law Minister.
The Centre told the Supreme Court on Friday that triple talaq and polygamy needed to be abolished as they violated the Constitution, gender equality and women's dignity.
Prasad said there was unanimity within the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on the matter and added that it was "politics-neutral" because India is a secular country and not a "theocracy".