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Guwahati/Shillong, July 26: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Wednesday passed a social custom bill which stated that a Khasi woman will lose her Khasi status along with all the privileges if she marries a non-Khasi. The same rules go for the women’s children as well where they will be deemed as non-Khasis.
The non-Khasis as per the notification has been referred to not just non-tribals but also the ones who do not belong to the Khasi tribe.
The KHADC passed the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018, on Wednesday during its summer session.
The Bill has been reportedly passed keeping in mind of the consequences of mixed marriages and even inadequate laws to protect the indigenous people.
The amendment has been made under Section 3 of the principal act which read, “Any Khasi woman who marries a non-Khasi, as well as her offspring(s) born out of such marriage(s), shall be deemed as non-Khasi who shall lose the Khasi status and all the privileges and benefits as a member of the Khasi tribe who cannot claim preferential privileges under any law (sic)”.
The KHADC has made it clear vide Section 2 of the principal act which said, “Non-Khasi means a person not belonging to indigenous Khasi tribe classified as Scheduled Tribe under the Constitution (ST) Order, 1950 (Part III- Rules and Orders under the Constitution) Part XI-Meghalaya (sic)”.
It may be mentioned that the said bill has been passed by the Autonomous Council in a bid to expedite the process of providing a law to follow the Khasi Social Custom of Lineage as a large number of people has been reportedly misusing the same for their personal advantages disturbing the social and cultural life of the Khasi people.
The Bill awaits Governor’s approval.
It may be mentioned that earlier a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, had observed that “the consent of the family or the community or the clan is not necessary once the two adult individuals agree to enter into a wedlock”.~Time8