Woman MP of first Parliament passes away

Last Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 00:00

Shillong, March 18: Bonily Khongmen, a woman MP in the
first Parliament of independent India, died here, her family
said today.

Khongmen (94), probably the first woman parliamentarian
from the North East, breathed her last at her residence
yesterday.

She was also served as the deputy speaker of the Assam
Assembly during 1946 and served in that capacity till its
dissolution in 1951.

She attended the 10th session of the United Nations in
1953 and worked in the committee of human rights.

After the dissolution of Parliament in 1957, Khongmen was
elected member and chairman of the Assam Public Service
Commission and later appointed the member of the central body
of UPSC from 1963 till 1970.

A social activist, Khongmen was associated with many
social and literary organisations of Shillong. She was
headmistress of two schools in Shillong.

Her funeral service would be held tomorrow.

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 00:00
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