SHILLONG, Oct 03: The much debated KHAD (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) (Amendment) Bill, 2018 will be tabled during a special session of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) which will be held on October 10.
Informing this here on Wednesday, the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the KHADC, Hispreaching Son Shylla said that the consultative committee will hold its last sitting on Thursday.
Shylla had made this announcement during a meeting of the Council of Traditional Chiefs and Headmen (CTCH) during which he said, “The Committee will immediately submit its report to the executive committee which will accordingly convene a special session on October 10 to pass the Bill for getting the approval of the governor at the earliest.”
The 17-member Consultative Committee headed by former CEM Manstudy Nongrem was constituted by the KHADC to make recommendations after an indepth study of the provisions of the KHAD (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) Act, 1977.
The Khasi Social Custom of Lineage Bill seeks to strip the Schedule Tribe status of Khasi women who marries non-Khasi men and their offspring.
However, Shylla also announced that the KHADC also will not recognize people who are taking their father’s surnames.
“We will not recognize those people who violate the customary practices where children are taking the title of the mother as this is an attempt to dilute the matrilineal system,” he said.
Quoting section 10 of the Khasi Social Custome of Lineage Act, 1997, the KHADC chief said, “Such people who are taking their father’s surnames will also lose their Khasi status and Schedule Tribe status.”
Informing that the executive committee has recently decided to extend the period for such people to make correction, Shylla said that there is still time for them to come forward and take corrective steps.