‘Bill to protect Khasi women from outsiders’

first_imgThe chief of an autonomous council in Meghalaya has justified a controversial bill to prevent women of the Khasi tribe from marrying non-Khasis, insisting it could protect them from deadly diseases such as HIV-AIDS transmitted through marriage with outsiders.The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) had on July 25 passed the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018. It prescribes stripping a Khasi woman who marries a non-Khasi of her Scheduled Tribe status, and categorising children born out of such marriages as non-Khasis.“The amendment Bill is aimed at protecting the community from imminent threat of deadly diseases such as HIV-AIDS that come through marriage with bus and truck drivers from outside the State and migrant workers, besides drug addicts,” KHADC’s chief executive member H.S. Shylla said. He had said mixed marriages were posing a demographic threat to them.last_img

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