Goa to amend Portuguese-era law to allow marriage registration of outsiders

  1. Goa government has decided to amend the Portuguese-era Uniform Civil Code(UCC).
  2. The amendment would allow overseas citizens of India(OCIs) card holders and people outside Goa to their register their marriage under the uniform civil code.
  3. Goa was a former Portuguese colony.It was annexed into the Union of India in 1961.In 1987,Goa was made a separate state.
  4. The UCC was introduced by the erstwhile Portuguese rulers.It was retained even after the territory was merged with India in the year 1961. 
  5. It is the only state in the country which has a uniform civil code.Currently, the registration of marriage of non-Goans is banned in Goa.
  6. Uniform civil code is also an ongoing debate in the country.It seeks to replace personal laws based on the scriptures and customs of each major religious community in India with a common set of rules governing every citizen.
  7. Article 44 of the Constitution says that there should be a Uniform Civil Code.According to this article,the State shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India.