Triple Talaq and Polygamy may be considered as a common practice throughout the country but Goa is different in this aspect too. Goan Muslims cannot practice the Polygamy or Triple Talaq due to the existence of the common civil code in the state and the Muslim Personal Law Application Act 1937 has not extended to the State of Goa, said the Goa Governor.
Governor of Goa Mrudula Sinha who is doing the study on the impact of the state’s Common Civil Code was speaking on the subject of the impact of state’s common civil code and according to that no polygamy and verbal divorce (triple talaq) is allowed in Goa she told the media in a official statement on Friday.
A statement by the state Information and Publicity Department also quoted Ms Sinha as stressing the need to create a single identity for women as Indian women, and that a common civil code strengthens this singular identity.”Under this code, Muslim men can neither practice polygamy nor the verbal divorce is recognised in this State because no such provision exists in the Code and secondly the Muslim Personal Law Application Act 1937 has not extended to the State of Goa,” she said, as per the statement.
“The Governor in her report has laid emphasis on the need to create a single identity for women as Indian Women i.e. one nation and one identity for women, and she has found that practice of Goa Civil Code has led to strengthening of this identity. The Goa Civil Code in true spirit, integrates the society and creates social solidarity,” the statement said.
The statement also said that Ms Sinha had conducted the study after interacting with women from varying religious orientations residing in Goa and heads of the various religious groups.
According to one article published in the Times Of India in April 2016 with the title ‘Freedom from triple talaq Goa shows the way’ says that “Oral triple talaq permits a man to utter three times that he is divorcing his wife, and she is at the mercy of his whims. In our travels through India, my late wife Shahnaz often spoke to Muslim women, who invariably said that one of the greatest injustices they faced was the ever-present threat of triple talaq. The same fears are expressed by Shayara Bano in her Supreme Court petition. “They (women) have their hands tied while the guillotine of divorce dangles perpetually ready to drop at the whims of their husbands who enjoy undisputed power.”
Based on the above the recent statement of the governor of Goa will provide the huge relief to the Muslim Women in the state and men will not be able to take advantage of the religion and overside the basic human rights. Please do leave your valuable comments and suggestion on this issue.
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