ROQUE DIAS | NT
MARGAO: Along with the women from the majority community, the Catholic and Muslim women are now entitled to change their name, middle name or surname at the time of registration of marriage or even after marriage.
The state government has issued a notification to this effect on June 10.
The under secretary Amir Parab of Department of Law and Judiciary (establishment division) has issued the notification by order and in the name of Governor of Goa.
“In pursuance of Article 43 of the Civil Marriage Decree, 1910 the government of Goa hereby notifies that the bride irrespective of the religion or community may change her name, middle name or the surname all or any part thereof, at the time of registration of marriage or even after marriage and she shall be entitled to use her husband’s name, until such time, the divorce is granted or in case widowhood, until she contracts second marriage,” the notification states.
This means any woman from the minority community who wants to change her name or surname or both has to file an application before the Civil Registrar of their respective taluka and that after the due process, the Civil Registrar will accept the change.
The office of the Civil Registrar will then issue a certificate, which can be used for incorporating the change in all the other documents.
A source at the State Registrar cum Head of the Notary Services informed that a doctor G Kamat had written to the then chief minister Manohar Parrikar in 2017 highlighting how the women from the Catholic community were facing problem in changing their name. He had even questioned the government as to why the law is restricted to only the Hindu community.
“It was observed by this doctor that many a Catholic women used to change their name and surname directly once they got married canonically or otherwise. Many were also found using both the surnames – maiden and husband’s surname unknown of the consequences and trouble they would face once child is born to them. And when the child is born, the mother’s name (as per the marriage) comes with her maiden name and this cannot be changed easily. Therefore the government carried out the study on it and felt that there is a point in it,” the source informed.
The source further informed that there were couple of representations from the minority community for such a change in last few years.
The source further said that “during the pre-Liberation era – precisely in 1930, a similar representation was made by the Hindu community and the then governor general A Pedro Almeida had written to the Salcete – Sub Registrar to consider the change of Hindu woman’s name with the inclusion of her husband’s name or and surname, which is still being continued.”