A committee will be formed soon for consulting with legal experts and relevant stakeholders on how to enact a state law banning polygamy, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters on Tuesday.
Polygamy, which Muslims practice in the state, has now been banned by the BJP-led government.
The committee will also consult with Muslim experts as part of making polygamy an illegal act. This will be a major step for women’s empowerment in Assam.
There is a high prevalence of polygamy among Muslims, particularly in the Barak Valley, Hojai, and some other districts, but not among indigenous Muslims.
Wednesday marks the second anniversary of the Sarma government. Aside from highlighting the steps taken by his government and the development works completed so far, the CM also listed the targets set for the next three years.