Legal awareness prog held

ANINI, Nov 17: The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) conducted legal awareness programmes at Anini and Etalin, in collaboration with the Dibang Valley district administration and the Dibang Valley Women’s Welfare Society (DVWWS), recently.
During the programmes, APSCW Chairperson Radhilu Chai Techi dwelt on the commission’s activities to empower the women of Arunachal, and on issues such as domestic violence, marriage registration, land rights for women, the ill-effects of child marriage, polygamy, etc, and emphasized on gender equality at home and outside.
She also advocated opening a grievance cell in each district and establishing a family court in the state.
APSCW member Likha Joya spoke on the powers and functions of the APSCW, Bahe Mickrow of the Dibang Valley district legal services authority spoke on the customary practices in Arunachal, with emphasis on land and marriage laws, while advocate Karmo Chotton spoke on compulsory registration of marriage, free legal aid, and the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961.
Clinical psychologist Nabam Yeni spoke on mental health and wellbeing, while DSP Jiga Molo explained the POCSO Act, and Assistant Industries Director Tarik Nyitan dwelt on the livelihood opportunities promoted by the government to make women self-employed.
The DVWWS submitted a memorandum, requesting for posting of a psychologist and a gynaecologist at the district hospital here, shelter homes for victims of domestic violence, and “a rehabilitation centre and vocational training for persons suffering from substance abuse.”
Deputy Commissioner Wayong Khimhun lauded the APSCW for organising such programmes, and commended it for its efforts to mitigate the problems faced by the womenfolk of Arunachal. (DIPRO)