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Uniform Civil Code (UCC) In Goa: Important Points

Uniform Civil Code (UCC) In Goa:

Chief Justice of India S A Bobde recently appreciated the uniform civil code (UCC) in Goa, the only state to have one.

  • The CJI urged intellectuals to seriously study the Goa UCC.

About Goa’s UCC:

  • Goa’s Portuguese Civil Code, 1867 is basically an alien code given by the Portuguese.
  • Goa’s Civil Code has four parts, dealing with civil capacity, acquisition of rights, right to property, and the breach of rights and remedies.
  • It begins in the name of God and Dom Luis, King of Portugal and Algarves.
  • The Code has survived by virtue of Section 5(1) of the Goa, Daman and Diu Administration Act, 1962 that permitted its continuance.
  • Article 44 of the Constitution says that there should be a Uniform Civil Code. According to this article, “The State shall endeavor to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India”. Since the Directive Principles are only guidelines, it is not mandatory to use them.
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