KHADC to study Shaw Bhoi before introducing Khasi Lineage Amendment Bill

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Oct 10: The introduction of the Khasi Social Custom of Lineage Bill will come after the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) after it studies the customary practice of Shaw Bhoi followed by some clans in Ri Bhoi.
Informing this here on Wednesday, the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the KHADC, Hispreaching Son Shylla said that the Council has decided to gather information on such clans in Ri Bhoi District who are still following the customary practice of Shaw Bhoi.

This decision was arrived at during a meeting of the executive committee held here on Wednesday to discuss on the report and recommendations submitted by the Consultative Committee on Khasi Social Custom of Lineage Act, 1977.
Shylla said that Shaw Bhoi is a customary practice by some clans where a male would marry a woman from other communities to preserve the clan.
“In such exceptional cases, such clans are exempted from following the matrilineal system to preserve the name of the clan,” he said.
It may be mentioned here that the issue was raised by UDP MDC from Nongpoh Rona Khymdeit during the last session of the Council.
The CEM said that the council would find out and get more information about such clans who are following Shaw Bhoi. “We want to come up with writings for such clans,” he added.
In view of the complexity of the issue, Shylla informed that the executive committee was not able to fix the date for convening the special session for introducing the Khasi Social Custom of Lineage (amendment) Bill.
“It is a long winding process and we have not arrived at any decision yet as there are many other details that need to be looked into such as the customary practice of Ri-Bhoi,” Shylla said.
Shylla reiterated that there is no practice of mix marriage from the female side while there is a ceremony of tang jait if a man takes a wife outside of his community to make way for a new clan to come up.


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