R. Jagannathan joins issue with Tahir Mahmood, member of the Law Commission, in the DNA:
The Law Commission's opinion on Islam and bigamy is well intentioned, but it's really a double-edged sword. For two reasons. First, it is not appropriate for a non-religious body to quote the scriptures to justify a stand it wants to take for reasons of gender equity and justice.
Second, once a religious justification is used to promote a cause -- monogamy in this case -- what is to stop narrow-minded loonies from quoting the same books for whatever mayhem they have in mind? If the courts and law agencies start using religious justifications for secular causes, how can they uphold the Constitution?
There is no need to go down that slippery slope.