By Francis Khongwar
Shillong ( Meghalaya), Oct 27 : Think-tank , “Maitshaphrang Movement” today said that it favours the new bill relating to inheritance of the family property by Khasi men also and the bill should be passed by the state assembly which will make it applicable in Jaintia and Garo Hills .
In a statement to the media after the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council made public its intention to propose a bill relating to family property ,chairman of Maitshaphrang Movement, Micheal Syiem said the bill introduced by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council will be applicable only to the Khasi indigenous communities who reside in East Khasi Hills District.
The proposed bill envisages that Khasi men should also get a share of family property.
Syiem added that there are men who are affected by customary laws in Jaintia Hills, as well as in Garo Hills. He said if such legislation is made by the state Government, it will cover the entire state.
He also said that any new legislation should be placed in the public domain so that the people and especially those people who are well versed with the subject can also give their suggestions.
The KHADC is all set to introduce the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Khasi Inheritance of Property Bill, 2021 that will enable all siblings, both males and females, to get equal share of the parents’ property.
The proposed bill, to be introduced during the reassembled Autumn Session on November 8, seeks to change the age-old Khasi tradition of the youngest daughter getting the full share of the parents’ property.