Arunachal CM Pema Khandu raises alarm over polygamy-linked crimes

Expressing grave concern, Chief Minister Pema Khandu spotlighted the issue of polygamy-related crimes against tribal women in Arunachal Pradesh. Khandu acknowledged the deep-rooted tradition of polygamy within tribal culture, historically attributed to various socio-economic needs such as agricultural endeavors, hunting, and defense. However, he underscored the imperative for a paradigm shift in contemporary times marked by advancements in education and self-sufficiency.

“In our modern era, where education is transforming lives and basic human needs are adequately met, the perpetuation of polygamy is unnecessary,” stated Khandu, clarifying that his remarks were personal rather than official. He emphasized the urgent need for the apex bodies of Arunachal’s tribes and community-based organizations to address this issue comprehensively.

Proposing a collective effort to combat the practice, Khandu urged stakeholders to initiate discussions involving intellectuals and experts to analyze the societal impact of polygamy. He advocated for the formulation of recommendations to the government, indicating the willingness of his administration to enact legislation prohibiting polygamy based on the outcomes of these deliberations.

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