Second Marriage in Muslim Law ..

Is there second marriage is punishable offence in muslim law if the first wife is neither living with her husband since 6 months nor giving divorce.

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under Muslim Marriage Act second marriage is not at all prohibitted. in fact a person can do four marriages, however he also should be capable of keeping and feeding them properly with all worldly necessities of life in a respectable manner.

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It's not punishable under Muslim Law
Under Muslim Law, a husband is allowed to have four wives at a time, however, one of the hadith says that he should seek his previous wife's permission before marrying again. While this is not mandatory, it is advisable to do so. Living or non-living of wife together has no bearing on it.

If you do not treat the two wives equally, any of the wives feeling non-equal treatment is entitled to divorce on grounds of cruelty under the1937 Act.

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In Islam, monogamy is the general rule while polygamy is only an exception. The Prophet did not favour polygamy except in exceptional circumstances. According to the Muslim Marriage Law, a man can have up to 4 wives, but a woman can only have one husband at a time.
A second marriage by a Muslim, who is entitled to four wives, is not an offence under the provisions of Indian Penal Code, 1860. Contact a local lawyer who may be expert in Muslim laws for further help in details.

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