NMA urges Gov to intervene in CAB, NSCW

DIMAPUR, FEB 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/10/2019 11:17:42 AM IST

Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) has sought the intervention of Nagaland Governor, P.B. Acharya over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s statement regarding identity of Naga women marrying non-Naga men and tenure of Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW).

In a memorandum to the Governor, NMA expressed concerned over the passage of Bill without any objection from the Nagaland government, thereby “putting the future of our children at stake”. It feared the Bill would open the floodgates of more illegal immigrants into the State, “this time under the guise of religion”. 
Mentioning that the earlier stand of the government had brought much disappointment as it was not ready to protect the identity and rights of indigenous people despite being elected by the people, the association said it was relieved that the government later decided to oppose the Bill during its cabinet meeting held on January 28.
Pointing out that even Inner Line Permit (ILP) had not been effective as Nagaland main gateway Dimapur was exempt from it, the association regretted that citing Article 371(A) as a safeguard for every issue was unfortunate as Nagas were well aware of the facts. NMA also objected to the controversial statement of Rio at Tuensang on January 13 that Naga women would forfeit their Naga identity, if they married non-Naga men, and termed it as a bid to divert public attention from CAB. 
It asserted that, in a democratic society, any proposed law that affected the life and welfare of Naga women must also take into account voices of women, who comprised almost half of the State’s population. 
The memorandum hoped the State government would reconsider its stance and ensure that the rights and identity of Nagas and their children were duly protected from such laws that would negate “our very existence in the years ahead”.
NMA also sought the attention of the governor to the tenure of the State Women Commission that is over. Reiterating its call for expansion of the commission with inclusion of more women members from various backgrounds sensitive to women’s rights and issues
The memorandum was signed by NMA president Abei-Ü Meru, vice-president Sara Nuh, joint secretary Malsawmthangi Leyri, secretary Lochumbeni Humtsoe, advisers Sano Vamuzo, Abeni Tck Lotha and Prof (Dr) Rosemary Dzüvichü, besides executive member Vilanuo Angela Yhome.

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