We, most of, do not read our religious epic (granth) but we always ready to argue on any of its text and start comparing with other religion. Not only argue, we are ready to fight and die. We start supporting one point by violating other point of same book. I remember, in childhood, when I was student of Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir, a RSS school. There were competitions on public speaking of “sloke”. That time we never understood value of remembering sloke and applying into life. We just saw as only winning prize. But these sloke teach us great “values of life and values in life”.
These thought came in my mind when I read verdict of court on a case, in which, a maulvi forced a young Muslim girl into a wedding with a married man, who allegedly raped her subsequently. The maulvi claimed that the Shariah permitted a Muslim to keep 4 wives at a time and that the girl consented to the marriage.
Just read the statement of additional sessions Judge Kamini Lau on this case. That will provide you more broad view to see a religion, not only yours, others also. We know “Dharm insan ke liye bana hai, insan dharm ke liye nahi”. But we do not understand this simple line.
Ms. Lau said: “The Indian legal system provides sufficient space for religious freedom but whenever any such regressive religious practice come into conflict with the rights of the citizens as enshrined in the Indian Constitution, it becomes obligatory for courts to ensure that it is the majesty of law and the constitutional mandate which prevail.
Jurists are unanimous that in Islamic societies polygamous marriages are permitted but only in certain circumstances, that are primarily in situations where a man’s death has left his widows with no means or support. Polygamy is neither mandatory nor encouraged but merely permitted. The Koran’s conditional endorsement stresses that self-interest or sexual desire should not be the reason for entering into a polygamous marriage. It is a practice associated with the social duty of Islamic men to protect the social and financial standing of widows and orphans in their community. It is equally the duty of the religious heads, priests, maulvis and all those involved in propagating religion to ensure that the religious texts are progressively interpreted and to confirm that it is only those beneficial practices which are in the best interest of all sections of humanity which are encouraged and observed.”