Citizenship Bill Protest

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 9 (MExN): Drawing attention of the Nagaland Governor, the Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) has sought the intervention on the issue of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) 2016, identity of Naga women and Nagaland State Women Commission.

In a representation addressed to the Nagaland Governor, the NMA registered deep concern on the controversial CAB which has been passed by the Lok Sabha, without any objections raised by the Nagaland State Government, thus putting the future of the young generation at stake.

It apprehended that the Bill will open the floodgates of more illegal immigrants into the State, this time under the guise of religion. The NMA also observed that the Inner Line Permit is not being effectively implemented as the main gateway of Nagaland which is Dimapur is exempted from the ILP. On the issue of identity of Naga women, the NMA has objected and questioned the statement of the Chief Minister on January 13 at Tuensang, on allegedly trying to divert the seriousness of the CAB by proposing to create a debatable issue on the identity of Naga women. In a democratic society, any proposed law which affects the life and welfare of Naga women must also take into account the voices of women themselves, who are almost half of the State’s population, it stated.

The NMA therefore hoped that the State Government will reconsider its stance and ensure that the rights and identity of the Nagas and our children are duly protected from such laws which will negate our very existence in the years ahead. On Nagaland State Women Commission, the NMA stressed on the need to expand the State Women Commission, whose tenure is over, with inclusion of more women members from various background and who are sensitive to women’s rights and issued.

It espoused hope that the next women commission will consist of committed women activists who will work for the protection and promotion of womens’ rights.

~MExN

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