SHILLONG, Sep 12: The Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) has been urged not to pass a Bill similar to the KHAD (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) Bill which was passed recently by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council.
Making this appeal, a delegation of women led by the Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) have expressed their stiff opposition to such a bill being passed while opining that this essentially seeks to strip the ST status of women who marry non-indigenous men.
Informing on the outcome of the meeting held with the JHADC chief Madonbai Rymbai at Jowai, West Jaintia Hills District on Wednesday, CSWO President Agnes Kharshiing said that the delegation had expressed concern if the KHADC like Bill is passed by the JHADC too.
Apart from CSWO leaders, women from Jowai, Shangpung and Nongkhroh were also part of the delegation.
Kharshiing however informed that the CEM has assured us that there is no such intention and is of the opinion that all views and opinion should come from the Seng Kur and village heads.
“He (Rymbai) told us that the Seng Kur and village heads should provide feedback so that there is proper debate (on the issue) and only then the JHADC will sit to discuss if any such decisions are there,” she said.
“The CEM felt that Bills should first be in public domain and also told us many Bills are passed only to be rejected by Courts if unconstitutional. He therefore assured nothing will be done which is unconstitutional,” she further said.
Moreover, the JHADC chief informed that the priority of his executive committee was how to generate revenue and to tackle Benami which is rampant in Jaintia Hills, Kharshiing said.