13/01/2016 1:56 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Muslim Men With More Than One Wife Not Eligible To Teach Urdu In Uttar Pradesh: Govt

The students at school. This class has students from beginners to about 4th grade. At the end is the teacher. Sitting underneath maple trees bordering the apple orchards, they learn everything from Urdu to counting. Their school building was shelled in December 2006 and has not been repaired yet. Pattan sub-division, Kashmir.

The Samajwadi party government in Uttar Pradesh has declared that men with more than one wife will not be eligible to teach Urdu, after issuing notices for an appointment of 3,500 Urdu teachers.

According to a Times of India report, the government officials have implemented this decision to eradicate any confusion over widow pensions. The requirement to declare marital status has triggered protests from Muslims in the state, with the Muslim Personal Law Board claiming that this act is a violation of Muslims rights.

In inclusion to declaring the non-eligibility of men with two wives, the notice also says that any female candidates who are married to a man with two wives will also not qualify for the post. An education department official also said that this proviso would apply to all teachers in the government system.

Applications to supplicate the vacant positions (announced through government orders of January 5 and 8) will be accepted from January 19 onwards.

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