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APSCW chairman exhorts parents to avoid gender discrimination

YAZALI, JAN 17:

The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) kick started its legal awareness programme for Lower Subansiri, Kamle and Upper Subansiri district at Yazali today.

During the seven day tour, the team will conduct awareness programs at Ziro, Raga, Daporijo, Dumporijo and Nacho.

Addressing the gathering at Yazali indoor stadium, Chairperson APSCW Radhilu Chai Techi exhorted the parents to not discriminate between sons and daughters.

"Equality should start from home. It is then the society as a whole will be able to come out of this vicious circle of discrimination," she said.

"It is very essential for women to be independent in life. Our society which is in a transitional period, has lots of reformations to be made pertaining to customary laws of marriage, polygamy etc. Being independent a woman can make her own wise choices," she added while exhorting the womenfolk to be educated and make their own living.

The Chairperson further appealed to all to be aware of their rights and protections provided by various acts of the government. She also stressed on smooth functioning of women welfare societies in the districts and appealed the Yachuli branch to induct fresh faces who are educated and to play proactive role for women welfare.

Also as a part of the awareness program, various resource persons presented PPTs on various topics pertaining to upliftment of women in the society.

Superintendent of Police Dr Hemant Tiwari spoke about crimes against women and actions initiated by the government and Miss Karmu Choten, Legal Advisor, APSCW dwelt on Compulsory Registration of Marriage and Free legal Aid, Maternity Benefit Act, 1961.

Advocate Toko Nikam, member DLSA spoke about Customary practices especially with regards to marriage and land laws and Gyati Kacho, Deputy Director, Industries highlighted the various schemes initiated by the government for women.

Also issues such as drug abuse/alcoholism and its effect on society and functions of women NGOs and SHGs in curbing such nuisance was elaborated by the Dr Toko Papu and Miss Hoksum Ori.

The one day event was attended by HoDs, representatives from SHGs, NGOs, Goan Buris and Buras. DIPRO

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