APSCW chairperson Radhilu Chai Techi addressing a gathering in Roing. Image: Northeast Now
APSCW chairperson Radhilu Chai Techi addressing a gathering in Roing. Image: Northeast Now

Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) chairperson Radhilu Chai Techi called upon the citizens to stop gender discrimination and said it should begin at home.

“Kids should be talked about gender equality by their parents,” Chai Techi reiterated.

She was addressing a legal awareness programme conducted at the Central Rekho Cheta in Roing on Monday.

“We tend to treat girls differently from boys and assign them different roles,” she said.

“While girls are taught household chores and responsibilities of the family, the boys are given the liberty to do anything they intend to,” she added.

“This needs to stop. Such discrimination at home leads to discrimination in the family and then in the society,” Techi added.

The chairperson further clarified that people have a wrong perception about APSCW’s awareness activities being only for women.

“This perception needs to change and we need participation from all individuals and sections of the society,” she reiterated.

“When men help their female counterparts to be empowered, society moves forward,” she added.

“At the same time, a society cannot progress if its women do not get equal rights and status,” she reiterated.

Techi also spoke polygamy, early marriage, domestic violence and customary practices that are detrimental for women.

She stressed on the need to register marriages which will help to keep a tap on early marriages and polygamy.

Techi also informed about APSCW’s recommendation for 33 per cent reservation for women in government jobs and legislative assembly.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

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