Following an expert committee’s report on banning polygamy in Assam, the state government has sought suggestions from the general public on the issue before it heads to enact a law during the Assembly session in September.

In its report, the committee said that the Indian Constitution gives the Union and states the power to create legislation on specific issues.

Marriage is on the Concurrent list, therefore both the Central government and the states can establish laws governing it.

The Doctrine of Repugnancy (Article 254) says that if a state law conflicts with central law, the central law will take precedence unless the state law has the prior approval of the President of India, according to the committee’s findings.

Additionally, it was said in the report that Articles 25 and 26 of the Constitution guarantee religious freedom and freedom of conscience. These rights are not unalienable; rather, they are constrained by laws governing social welfare and reform as well as public morality, health, and order.

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