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One Day Legal Awareness Programme of APSCW at Bolung Draws a Huge Crowd

Publish Date : 12/11/2019

Roing, Nov 12: A one day legal awareness programme was organised by the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) in collaboration with the Adi Bane Keba Women Wing(Lower Dibang Valley) today at Bolung village under Parbuk Sub Division.

APSCW Chairperson Radhilu Chai Techi, addressing the gathering, said that as Gaon Burahs and Gaon Buris play an important role in dealing with problems at the grass root level, it is important for them to know the rules and regulations put in place to deal with problems related with women. They should know their powers and jurisdictional limits in dealing with cases brought before them and be fair in their decisions, she added.

Explaining about domestic violence/abuse and its different forms-physical abuse, mental,verbal abuse and emotional abuse and sexual abuse, she said that it can happen to any woman irrespective of social class and not necessarily committed by men only. In many cases it is woman as family members who are guilty of perpetrating domestic violence on other women and it should be our duty as a women to be sensitive towards the problems of other women, she added.

Techi also commented over the reports/ complaints received from women of the Adi tribe that polygamy as a practice was uncommon within the community previously, but now it has become a common practice. She said that this practice that could break up families and is detrimental for the society should not be accepted and called upon the ABK to ponder upon it and come up with measures to stop this practice.

She also called upon the CBOs and NGOs to ponder upon important issues like Woman’s right over immovable property,33% job reservation for women, increase in reservation quota for women from 33% to 50 % in Panchayat and 33% reservation for women in Legislative Assembly seats.

Deputy Commissioner Mitali Namchoom(IAS), stating that the Adi society is a very progressive one and proactive culturally and socially, called upon the participation of men of the tribe in any discussion on women’s role and empowerment in society.

Olen Megu Damin (President, ABKWW APEX) chaired the programme and encouraged all to take away the knowledge of women’s rights and help in the empowerment of women in the society.

Likha Joya (Member,APSCW) spoke on powers and functions of APSCW which was constituted for the protection of dignity, interests and guaranteeing the progress and development of women in the state. Advocate Karmu Chotton spoke on sexual harassment of women at workplace and registration of marriage and Dr. Nabam Yeni spoke on mental health and suicide prevention.

Marto Dirchi(DPO) spoke on skill development (industrial and vocational training) and schemes of govt. for women), Advocate Atet Pertin spoke on customary practices with special emphasis on land and marriage laws and Inspector Sushant Saurabh Jha (OC, Shantipur) spoke on crime against women & POCSO Act 2012. He advised parents not to overlook the complaints of children and told the parents to create a safe space for them. He stressed on the need not to stigmatise a child in distress but take the responsibility of bringing the problem before the competent authority.

Opak Takuk Ering(Gen Secy, ABKWW APEX) delivered the keynote address and Oseng Apum Yirang(President,ABK Women Wing,LDV) submitted a memorandum on the requirement of an indoor stadium cum multipurpose hall for women, a separate custodial cell for women and a juvenile home, framing of laws for extramarital and illegal relations and the need for setting up a de-addiction centre in the area.

—>N. Namchoom, DIPRO

WC at Bolung