Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women Chairperson urges women to speak up for their rights

[Source: arunachalobserver]

Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) Chairperson Radhilu Chai Techi urged the women of the state to not remain silent and speak up for their rights.

“The traditional laws and marriage system which don’t give full justice to women need reformation,” said Radhilu.

While suggesting the women to uphold their healthy tradition of working hard to nurture their families, she highlighted that the traditional laws and system have outlived their utility.

Radhilu was addressing a legal awareness programme organised by NGO Women Against Social Evils (WASE) in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh on Monday.

Reiterating the commission’s stand on protection of women’s rights, Radhilu said that more and more women are being subjected to exploitation these days. “The commission is studying and looking for various methods and strategies to tackle the issue and assist the victims,” she said.

She also emphasized on participation of women on all fronts, including in the panchayats and the legislative assembly. Radhilu gave assurance that the commission will continue to make efforts to help women in taking up entrepreneurial activities, which she said would empower and uplift their economic condition.

The chairperson also highlighted the APSCW’s achievements in dealing with cases of domestic violence, polygamy, rape, physical and mental torture, among others, meted out to women.

East Siang Superintendent of Police Sumit Kr Jha said that ending violence against women should be everyone’s priorities. “We must give safe space to women to speak and be heard.”

The SP emphasised the need to educate women on the basic procedures of filing complaints or FIRs and seeking the help of the authority when needed.

APSCW member Techi Hunmai also spoke on domestic violence and polygamy and their consequences, while advocate Karmo Chotten threw light on the importance of marriage registration and property rights in the context of Arunachal Pradesh.