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Margao – New era begins in Goa with a Widow Usha Naik performing Wedding Rituals of her Daughter Dr. Gautami with Dr. Prathamesh. Compliments to Naik-Dicholkar Family who supported this pioneering initiative. Let this moment inspire Government of Goa to bring in Law on Widow Discrimination, stated Leader of Opposition Yuri Alemao.

Welcoming the initiative taken by two families in Goa, Leader of Opposition Yuri Alemao said “Let every Women be part of our Customs & Rituals”. He also referred to his Private Member Resolution on “Unjust Practise of Widow Discrimination & Disrobing of Men & Women during Funerals” which was widely discussed in the Fourth Session of the Eighth Goa Legislative assembly on 31st March 2023.

I was assured by the Minister for Women & Child Development Vishwajit Rane to bring in a Law in the next Assembly Session. However nothing has moved till date. I hope the step taken by the young girl Dr. Gautami will push the Government two steps further to bring in a Law in the coming Session of the Assembly, stated Yuri Alemao.

The entire Naik- Dicholkar family deserves huge compliments from every citizen of the country. This step has sent a message to all of spreading happiness and being kind to all. Let us all cherish this moment with positivity, Yuri Alemao said.

I had moved a Private Member Resolution demanding Widows should be treated on par with Married Women. My Resolution was supported by my women colleagues in the Assembly Dr. Deviya Rane, Delilah Lobo and other MLAs. Some of the Panchayats in Goa have also passed Resolutions against Widow Discrimination, pointed Yuri Alemao.

The marriage ceremony of Dr. Gautami & Dr. Prathamesh has set an example to others and has also supported my earlier initiative to move the Resolution. I hope that the Government will take lesson from the young couple who honoured their Mothers and bring in a Law to empower widows, stated Yuri Alemao.

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