The Centre has sought scrapping of triple talaq and polygamy among Muslims, saying these practices are not protected by fundamental right to practice religion.
In a fresh submission before the Supreme Court yesterday, the Centre also said that triple talaq made women socially and financially insecure.
Union government said that reforms in Muslim personal law have not taken place in the last 65 years and Muslim women, who constitute 8 percent of the population, remain extremely vulnerable because of fear of instant divorce.
The government termed the practices of triple talaq and polygamy as patriarchal notions that impeded women’s role in society.
Referring to All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s stand that practices of triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy might be undesirable but are part of essential practice under the religion, Centre said no undesirable practice can be elevated to the status of an essential practice.