Workshop recommends imposing ban on polygamy, flexibility on land rights

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Imposing a ban on polygamy, flexibility on the transfer of land and property rights to women and gender neutrality were some of the recommendations made by legal experts and activists during a state level workshop organized as part of the International Women’s Day celebration, a day after, here on 9 March.
Recommendations were also made to create awareness on marriage registration, door-to-door sensitization on granting equal status to women and to work out on an inter-tribe marriage instruments between various tribes and community to ensure harmonious relations.
Former State Women Commission (APSCW) chairperson Jarjum Ete and advocate Raknu Konya, and experts and representatives from different tribes of Arunachal gave their presentation on customary practices on marriage, property and land rights of women and girl child in Arunachal Pradesh. They also gave their valuable suggestions to eliminate social evils and outdated customary practices that discriminate against tribal women.
Many participants also shared their some life experiences as well as clarified their doubts with the help of the resource persons.
The participants also highlighted the growing need to protect the rights of tribal women in Arunachal.
The workshop on ‘customary practices on marriage, property and land rights’ was organized by the APSCW in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority and Women & Child Development Department and attended by around 700 participants, including legal practitioners, CBOs, NGOs, GBs, students and faculty members from Arunachal Law Academy and Himalayan University.