Kohima: An apex body of Naga women has
asked all lawmakers of Nagaland assembly to honour their words
and stand by Nagaland Municipal Council (Amendment) Act 2006
which guaranteed 33 per cent reservation for women in urban
Joint Action Committee on Women Reservation (JACWR) in
a representation to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio asserted that
the demands of Naga Hoho and Eastern Nagaland People’s
Organisation (ENPO), which opposed municipal polls with
women`s quota, was "untenable and misleading".
"The arguments put forwarded by the male-dominated
tribal hohos that the amended municipal act with quota
provision was against the traditional land holding system and
that it overruled Article 371(A) of the Constitution were
unacceptable to Naga women," the representation submitted
JACWR asserted that the reservation for women in
municipalities has been guaranteed through the 74th
Constitutional amendment, which "supersedes" Article 371(A).
This article of the Constitution protects land and its
resources, Naga customary laws and socio-cultural practices.