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Group dismisses ‘slur’ on Khasi Lineage Act

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SHILLONG, May 7: VPP Spokesperson Batskhem Myrboh’s recent statement on the Khasi (Social Custom of Lineage) Act 1997, observing that the legislation is riddled with confusion and calling for its repeal, has not gone down well with a local group called Hynniewtrep Integrated Territorial Organisation (HITO), which has argued that this Act provides protection, promotion, and regulation to the Khasi clan lineage system, which has been in existence for generations.
Calling out Myrboh, Donbok Dkhar, HITO president, said it was surprising and disheartening to hear the former state that the Act is confusing without providing specific sections or provisions.
“The present Act was created with the consultation of the Seng Khasi Seng Kmie, which provided valuable inputs to ensure an effective and fair legislation,” the HITO president said.
He warned that any attempts to repeal or modify this Act will be met with resistance from the HITO, while emphasising that the KHADC should enforce this Act in its entirety. “It is essential to remember that this Act is the foundation that protects the Khasi clan lineage system. Therefore, we urge the government to take necessary actions to safeguard the Act and ensure the Khasi community’s welfare,” he added.

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