HP NEWS SERVICE
Shillong, Jul 31: A body of Khasi women supporting the lineage amendment bill passed by KHADC was formed here today.
STIEH was formed at a meeting here today by a group of women “to counter those women who are opposed to the amendment bill”.
The Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018 states that a Khasi woman who marries a non-Khasi will lose her Khasi status and all privileges and benefits as a member of the Khasi tribe. This will also apply to offspring born out of such marriages and they will be deemed as non-Khasis.
The meeting also elected three conveners who included Rani Kurbah, Deiwi Tongper and Purity Phawa to mobilise support among women in favour of the amendment bill.
STIEH has also decided to hold a public gathering of Khasi women on August 3 at Khasi National Dorbar Hall, Mawkhar here at 11 am.
Speaking to media persons here, STIEH convener Rani Kurbah said the organisation was formed to show the support among women for the amendment bill passed by KHADC.
“We supported this bill as it is aimed at preventing Khasi women from mixed marriage which is a threat to our identity,” Kurbah said.
“It is unfortunate to see that some women are opposing the amendment bill. That is why we decided to form this group to counter those women who are trying to mislead people about the bill,” she added.
The newly formed organisation has also urged Governor Ganga Prasad to give his assent to the amendment bill.
It may be mentioned that yesterday a group of women activists has appealed to the Governor not to give his assent to the bill as it is against human rights and the Constitution.
The group also alleged that the bill seeks to ostracise a Khasi woman who marries a non-Khasi and her children in contravention of customary practices, human rights and Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution besides recasting the existing Khasi matrilineal practice.
Women’s group formed to support KHADC Bill
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