Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb said the practice of polygamy came from "a lack of understanding of the Quran and the tradition of the Prophet" and it is "often an injustice to women and children".
Shekhar and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay, appearing for one of the Delhi-based petitioners Sameena Begum, alleged that she was threatened and asked to withdraw her petition challenging 'nikah halala' and polygamy among Muslims.
The apex court on Monday directed the Centre to respond to a plea seeking to declare the provisions of Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) validating the practice of polygamy and 'nikah halala' as unconstitutional.
On Monday, the Supreme Court, while hearing a plea on the divorce norms, directed the Centre to produce the report within six weeks. The apex court was hearing a plea by a Muslim woman from Uttarakhand against her triple talaq.
The court was of the opinion that in absence of a uniform civil code having more than one wife is not an offence in the Muslim community. It, however, observed polygamy “is an exception and not a rule.”