Muzaffarnagar: Leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has appealed to Muslims not to marry for the second time since it is hard to provide "equal justice" to two wives in "Indian custom".

"It is hard to provide equal justice to two wives in Indian custom," it said, replying to a query by a person who wanted to marry a second time while his first wife was alive.

"Though Islam permits two wives at the same time, Indian tradition does not allow it," the seminary said.

President of Uttar Pradesh Imam Organisation, Mufti Zulfikar said though Islam allows for second marriage on the condition that the husband ensures equal maintenance, "it is difficult to provide same treatment to both women".