IMPHAL: Three women’s organizations namely All Manipur Tribal Women Union (AMTWU), All Manipur Nupi Marup (AMNM) and All Manipur Muslim Women Organization (AMMWO) have strongly protested the removal of the lone woman in the Council of Ministers while demanding the inclusion of more women include in policy-making process in the State.
Addressing media persons during a press conference held at Classic Hotel, North AOC on Friday, the convener of AMTWU Kim Gangte stated that human rights includes the rights of women too. She spoke on the roles of women in policy making, making a comparison with the views of the State government on the matter, laying special stress on the removal of the lone woman minister Nemcha Kipgen from the Council of Ministers.
While making it clear that the three unions were not pressurizing the government for her reinstatement, Gangte said they are still anxious to know the reasons why she has been removed as minister from the BJP lead government of Manipur, even though she was the only woman represented in the state government. She went on to ask the State government for improved efforts in taking up effective policies for women’s empowerment and to open its eyes to the abuses of women going on in the state.
Presidents of AMNM and AMMWO Th Shakhi Devi and Jano Begam also expressed their discontentment at the removal of the only women minister, while noting that women all over the State are facing various forms of harassment and abuse against them.
Shakhi Devi further mentioned that Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao schemes launched by the central government and many rights and acts for protection of women are being executed but at the same time there are so many criminal cases involving women as victims pending in the State. She further added that till the State government takes up the cudgel for equal rights for all the citizens, injustice against women will remain.
The three oganizations have reiterated their appeal to the government to give a proper reason as to why the only woman representative in the Council of Ministers of Manipur was removed. The unions also added they will take up the matter with the concerned authorities and even at the international level.