AALO, Feb 22: The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) organised its fifth phase of legal awareness programme at Mechukha in Shi-Yomi district on Sunday last.
Addressing the gathering, APSCW Chairperson Radhilu Chai Techi said that certain traditional practices in our society such as child and early marriage, preference of male child, polygamy, dowry, widow remarriage, denial of inheritance rights to women, etc are discriminatory in nature for women and done away with passage of time.
She also said that the society cannot progress unless women are given equal rights and treated at par with their male counterparts, and the women should know their rights and empowerment as enshrined under various Acts enacted for women.
She also highlighted the various recommendations made by the Commission to the State Govt pertaining compulsory registration of marriage, 50% seats reservation for women in Legislative Assembly, 33% reservation in Govt jobs, free and compulsory education for female students till graduation, special scholarship scheme for girls, establishment of multi-facility maternity hospital, trial of heinous crimes in fast track court, establishment of family court, action against Govt officials convicted for crime against women under CCS Rule, appointment of independent protection officer in district level and widow/destitute women rehabilitation centres, etc.
APSCW member Techi Hunmai dwelt on various power, rules and function of APSCW and ways to avail the rights and benefits by women. Legal advisor Karmu Chotton highlighted various crimes committed against women such as rape, domestic violence, dowry, physical and economic abuse etc and also discussed in detail various ways by which a victim can avail legal aid for protection against these crimes.
APSCW Vice Chairperson Heyomai Tawsik and member Hoksum Ori also interacted with women of the border district on many issues. Mechukha CO Dr Honjon Perme, head of offices, GBs, Women Welfare Society of Shi-Yomi, NGOs, SHGs and students attended the daylong programme. (DIPRO)