APSCW chairperson Radhilu Chai Techi speaking at the event.

Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) chairperson Radhilu Chai Techi on Monday reiterated the Commission’s demand to make registration of marriages compulsory under law in the State.

Chai, who was addressing a legal awareness programme at the College of Horticulture and Forestry here, said the Commission has received hundreds of cases related to marriages but due to lack of registration, the disputes either remain unresolved or are partially resolved.

She said that the APSCW has also been demanding the State government to compulsory keep reservation of women in government jobs and in panchayat, municipal and assembly elections.

“We are economically dependent on our male counterparts following which many womenfolk are subjected to various injustices. Most issues of women would be resolved if we are made stronger and financially independent,” the chairperson asserted.

Chai further urged the women protection officers and women activists to spread the message of women rights and its value in the society so that every woman can fearlessly lodge complaints against injustice and extend all possible support to the victims instead of protecting the culprits.

Talking on rape cases she said, “If rapes cases are reported, NGOs have to work harder to guide the victim in lodging police complaints, conducting immediate medical tests and helping the police in investigation.”

She expressed hope that the State government would setup a forensic laboratory in state so that prompt justice is delivered to the victims.

Chai also advised the Gaon Buras to act rightly without any favor and intervening in court matters.

East Siang SP Rajiv Ranjan Singh said that Pasighat is all set get an independent Women Police Station.

He also assured that the police would be ever ready to extend help the NGOs and community based organizations in making East Siang a crime free district.

The day-long programme was organized by the APSCW in collaboration with the East Siang district administration and National Commission for Women.

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com

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