Deoband: Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband has issued a Fatwa against more than one marriage, stating it against Indian traditions and rituals. The Fatwa by the biggest Islamic university in India directed the Muslims to avoid polygamy as it is quite difficult to treat another wife the same when the first wife is still alive.
The Fatwa has met with harsh response by several schools of thoughts in India as it is believed to be against the Islamic belief and teachings and it is not forbidden in Islam for any Muslim to marry more than one woman if he can treat all his wives the same way.
However, the Deoband held the view that even though Islam did permit a man to take on two wives at the same time but Indian traditions do not allow it. It is hard to provide equal treatment to two or more wives in the Indian context.