Panaji : October l 4, 2016 …. In her initiative to ascertain and understand the actual role played by the Uniform Civil Code prevailing in Goa in the life and welfare of women, the Hon’ble Governor, Dr. (Smt.) Mridula Sinha, held another meeting today at Raj Bhavan with a delegation of 26 women from the Muslim community.
Earlier, she had a meeting with Christian women on September 25. The State Registrar-cum-Head of Notary Services was also present in the meeting. The Hon’ble Governor inquired with them the position of registration of marriages in the State.
It was clarified by them that they did not find any hurdles or problems in this regard, because Goa follows the Uniform Civil Code. It was also informed by them that the Muslim couples, like the Hindu couples, are required to visit the Registrar’s office twice for signing the documents, as provided by the law.
On inquiry by the Hon’ble Governor, it was informed that triple talaq system is not practiced in the State of Goa. The Hon’ble Governor was also informed that the Muslim women are enjoying equal rights in terms of education, property matters, etc., as per the Code.
The Hon’ble Governor also sought to know the work being done by them in regard to Swatch Bharat Abhiyan. She was glad to hear that groups of Muslim women have undertaken cleanliness activities at different places.
The Hon’ble Governor told the delegation that she would be holding separate meetings with Hindu women, Sikh women and tribal women, and thereafter, a combined meeting of all these groups.