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Nagaland civic body forums oppose women reservation
Kohima | Monday, Mar 12 2012 IST
 
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Various organisations in Nagaland have expressed their opposition to 33 per cent reservation of seats for women as 'it destroys the very fabric of Naga society'. The All Nagaland Municipal and Town Councils' Forum (ANMTC), the Ao Senden and Kohima Village Council were among those which reiterated their opposition. In a press note the Forum convener stated that Naga women have never been discriminated against 'since time immemorial', for which the reservation for women would go against all cultural traditions of the Nagas. The Ao Senden has been leading the opposition in the forefront. In its General Meeting held on February 17, the apex organisation of the Ao community had reiterated that reservation was 'not in accordance with Ao culture and traditions and should not be implemented' in the Ao areas. Stating that the issue had been discussed by the community in different forums, it asserted that the matter should not be imposed on them. The Kohima Village Council has also voiced opposition. The Council, in a recent release, had stated reservation itself was discriminatory as it deprived the 'democratic rights of the men folk in their own ancestral land which was earned from time immemorial through bloodshed'. It appealed to the government to uphold Article 371 of the Constitution which has been provided to the Naga people and to revoke the reservation act at the earliest 'before it destroys the very fabric of the Naga Society'. Meanwhile, the Gaon Burahs and Chairmen of all 11 wards of Pfutsero Town under Phek district, unanimously resolved to oppose implementation of the Women Reservation Bill in the forthcoming Town and Municipal Council Elections. It said a meeting held on February 25 had noted that the bill was against the 'time tested traditions' of the Nagas. Reminding that Nagas were seeking self determination in order to protect and safeguard their identity, culture and traditions, it maintained that implementation of the bill would be detrimental to common interests as 'it would amount to erasing our age old ethics, values and traditions'. UNI AS PL AKM 1550 NNNN

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