Goa Muslims want Personal Law to replace Portuguese Civil Code

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 31 October 2016 21:12 IST

A section of Muslim community in Goa has come forward to demand that the Portuguese Civil Code be replaced by the Muslim Personal Law in Goa.

The demand came at a meeting held in Margao on Sunday to oppose changes in the Shariat law at the national level.

The public meeting held at Housing Board Football ground at Rumdamoll by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board was attended by large number of Muslims.

The meeting was presided over by Maulana Khalid Saifulla and other dignitaries.

It was held in the background of central government’s move to replace the Shariat Law with a Uniform Civil Code.

They fear that the BJP government would bring in the Hindu Personal Law in the name of Uniform Civil Code.

But in the bargain, they have also opposed Goa’s Portuguese Civil Code.


The meeting also passed a resolution in this regard demanding that the Muslim Personal Law be also implemented in Goa.

“The Constitution guarantees all the religious communities in the country to practice their own religions as per their religious scriptures. We should thus get the right to practice our own Personal Law”, stated Shaikh Shakeel while presenting the resolution.

Adv Zafferyab Jilani, Additional Solicitor General of Uttar Pradesh, said they are opposed to central government’s move because they intend to bring in the Uniform Civil Code which confronts the Muslim Personal Law.

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Good luck, you guys are a real political minority in Goa, as such nobody is going to even listen to you. In case your votes would have made the difference, sure, you would have got it-- or whatever you guys wanted-- by now.


- JSN, Goa | 02 nd November 2016 18:05



you guys need to understand Goan history. Goan Muslims don't need outsiders to demand their rights. It can work in UP and other states, not in Goa. Only migrants from Muslim community will have such demands, not the Goan Muslims.

- SK, Vasco | 01 st November 2016 15:45


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