SAGALEE, Oct 05: Applauding Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) and Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society (APWWS) for facilitating emancipation of women, prevention of child marriages and check drug addiction, Sagalee MLA-cum-former chief minister Nabam Tuki exhorted them to continue with renewed vigour for speedy socio-economic and political development of women.
Addressing a daylong legal awareness programme on women and children issues, an initiative of APWS Sagalee branch in collaboration with APSCW and Papum Pare district administration here on Friday, Tuki, who was chief guest, called for more such programmes in rural areas where people mostly are ignorant.
The APWWS deserves appreciation for involving GBs and SHGs groups, he said and urged all GBs to ban polygamy, forced and child marriages and prevent drug addictions to ensure better future of children.
Chairperson APSCW Radhilu Chai Techi, in her keynote address, advocated better education to girl child and support to become independent to face all odds bravely odds in life. She also stressed on preventing early marriages and discrimination against girl child in homes. She advised the girls not to fall prey to early marriages but to focus on career building and learn basic steps for self defence.
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She urged GBs not to encourage customary laws which do not protect fundamental rights and privileges of women and added that there are many flaws in customary practices of different which should be reformed soon in greater interest of state’s women folks.
Expressing concern over rising trend of crimes against women and children in the state, she said APSCW women grievances cell should be opened in every district to redress their grievances at district level while independent protection officers tackle those problems in their ways. She also exhorted the women to stand for their rights and take the benefits of legal services provided to them.
She also highlighted about APSCW the recommendations to GoAP on women reservation, codification of customary law, polygamy, child marriages, compulsory registration of marriages, and strong disciplinary action against Govt employees found involved in criminal cases etc.
CEC Dipti Bengia highlighted evolution of APWWS and its functions since its inception in 1979 while former APSCW chairperson-cum-APWWS life member Gumri Ringu spoke on domestic violence and law relating to women, APSCW Member Techi Hunmai highlighted power and functions of APSCW. Sagalee APWWS branch president Gollo Putung Nabam also spoke.
Resource persons – Sagalee ADC S. Lowang spoke on child marriages, Dr. Welly on drug additions and maternal health, advocate Anand Techi Tara on POSCO Act.2012 and SRLM’s Adab Gollo on economic empowerment of women. (DIPRO)