JACWR shocked over defamation of Naga women
Demands removal of Advocate General
Kohima, June 20: Shocked at the false information and defamation of Naga women leaders carried out in the local dailies without seeking proper verification, the Joint Action Committee on Women Reservation today demanded that the state government immediately remove the Advocate General (AG) of Nagaland and appoint a Naga senior Advocate in his place.
Members of JACWR told media persons Tuesday evening that, the Advocate General of Nagaland has insulted the Naga tribal sentiments, its women and falsely projected the Naga society in the court of law and demanded immediate removal of the AG Nagaland. In this regard, they informed that the committee would be submitting an official representation to both the Governor and the Chief Minister by tomorrow.
“Nagas cannot afford to have an Advocate General of Nagaland, who is not a Naga and who has scant respect for the state and its people”, they asserted.
Clarifying the Naga women delegation stand on what “really happened”, the JAC stated that as the Naga women were moving out of the court after the hearing, one of the senior women leaders “politely” asked the AG Nagaland, Balagopal, “Sir, don’t you have a mother, sister, daughter or wife?” and expressed her disappointment that women’s aspirations were being dragged on, as the AG had stated he was not prepared to argue before the honorable court.
Immediately, they recounted, the AG Nagaland, who had earlier complained of throat problems in the court before the honorable Judges created a ruckus in the corridor and shouted at the lady. They also said that the newly appointed Additional Advocate General started threatening and shouting at the Naga Women leaders for speaking to the AG Nagaland and “without even hearing what the lady had said”.
The JAC further clarified that the Advocate for the women, Senior Counsel Colin Gonsalves informed the Court that Naga women never used any “filthy language” and hence no apology was made before the Court.
The JAC condemned the misbehavior and threat of the Advocate General, Nagaland on its women delegation and added that his false defamatory statement that the Naga women had used “filthy language” before the court is not only an insult to Naga women but to the whole Naga society and cannot be tolerated anymore.
Also strongly objecting to the “serious threatening statement” from the High Court Bar Association, Kohima, who have termed the conversation made by the lady as “misbehavior and unbecoming conduct”, without verifying the truth, the JAC further questioned the partisan stand of the Association whereby they stated, its president, Timikha Koza has accompanied the AG Nagaland to the two court hearings in Guahati and has now resorted to defamatory statements and threats to Naga women.
The JAC on behalf of the women organizations also cautioned the state government not to continue its harassments to Naga women, stating that women will be forced to take a political stand against any anti-women action of the state government.
The Guahati High Court on Tuesday deferred to June 27, the final hearing of women reservation in municipalities and holding of municipal elections in the State after Advocate General Nagaland, pleaded he was not prepared to argue.