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Northeast Today

APSCW organizes legal awareness program

APSCW organizes legal awareness program
October 22
10:52 2019

NET Bureau

One day Legal Awareness Programme was organized by the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW), Itanagar on Monday at the Pasighat CHF auditorium in collaboration with the East Siang District Administration in association with the National Commission for Women (NCW).

East Siang DC Dr. Kinny Singh, Session judge J. Chai, SP Rajiv Ranjan Singh, DD (ICDS) PE Angu, women activists, NGOs, SHGs, officers and students actively attended the programme.

In her keynote address, APSCW Chairperson Radhilu Chai Techi said the main aim of the program was to empower women and girls with the knowledge of their legal rights and duties, ultimately to be able to lead stress-free progressive and healthy life. She reiterated APSCW’s demand to make registration of marriages compulsory under the law in the State pointing out that hundreds of cases have been received by the commission related to marriages but due to lack of registration, husband-wife disputes remain unresolved or partially resolved.

The chairperson further informed that APSCW members raising their voice has demanded the state government for compulsory reservation in jobs and panchayat, municipal and assembly elections for women. “We are economically dependent on our male counterparts subjected to various injustices but most issues of women would be resolved if we are made stronger and financially independent”, asserted the chairperson. She urged the Protection Officer and women activists to spread the message of women rights and its value in the society so that everyone could lodge complaint fearlessly against injustice and extend all possible support to the victims instead of protecting culprits. “If rapes cases are reported, NGOs have to work harder to guide the victim for police complaint followed by immediate medical test and helping the police in investigation” she added and expressed hope that the state government would setup forensic laboratory in state so that justice is delivered to the victims promptly. She also advised the Gaon Buras to act rightly without any favour and avoid intervening court matters.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Dr. Kinny Singh appreciated the pro-active role being played by the Commission members and asked them to cooperate with the administration with their constructive suggestions and interventions.

Session judge J. Chai highlighted on customary practices in Arunachal Pradesh with special emphasis on land and marriage laws with PPT. SP Rajiv Ranjan Singh informed that Pasighat is all set to get independent Women Police Station soon. Police would be ever ready to extend help to NGOs and CBOs in making East Siang crime free including narcotics and gambling. Police teams were working hard and solved many cases in recent days.

Among others, DRCHO Dr. T. Gao gave presentation on mental health and menstrual hygiene. APSCW members Techi Hunmai and Hoksum Ori who accompanied the chairperson during the meeting elaborated the power and functions of APSCW and function of Women NGOs respectively. Advocate Karmu Chotton briefed on compulsory registration of marriage and free legal aid, maternity benefit Act 1961.

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