SHILLONG, Sep 06: The Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) is in sync with the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on the contentious issue of mixed marriages between tribal women and non – tribal men, an issue which has elicited mixed responses in Meghalaya and beyond.
In this regard, the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the GHADC, Dipul R Marak said that the Codificatioon of Garo Customary Law Bill also has a clause prohibiting Garo women from marrying non-tribals.
“If a Garo woman marries a non tribal, she and her children will lose tribal status,” Marak said here on Thursday.
Marak however said the Bill passed the GHADC last year was sent to the state government but it was not forwarded to the Governor for his assent and instead it was returned to the Council.
“Now, we will take it (Bill) up again in the upcoming session of the Council,” he said while expressing support to the KHAD (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) Bill, 2018 passed by the KHADC.
On the other hand, KHADC chief Hispreaching Son Shylla said that the KHADC and the JHADC had also met to discuss the matter last week.
JHADC CEM Madonbai Rymbai meanwhile said that his executive committee is already on the job to come up with a similar Bill in the upcoming session of the Council.
Earlier, the Consultative Committee recently suggested the HS Shylla-led executive committee in the KHADC seeks the participation of the JHADC on examining the Khasi Social Custom of Lineage Bill since it seeks to deal with the issue relating to the Khasis.
According to the Committee, the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 has clearly defined that the Khasis includes the Kynriams, Pnars (jaintias), Wars, Bhois and Lyngngams.
The 17-member Consultative Committee headed by former CEM Manstudy Nongrem was constituted by the KHADC to make recommendations after an in depth study of the provisions of the KHAD (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) Act, 1977.
Based on the request of the KHADC, the state government had returned the KHAD (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) first and second amendment Bills last month.