Local NGOs issued notice to Mizo women for marrying non-tribals.

MizoramGuwahati: Two Mizo women have been told to leave hometown Bairabi for marrying non-Mizos. A coordination committee of local NGOs had on October 18 issued the quit notice to Mapuii and Zorampari, both in their 30s. They were found responsible of marrying traders from outside the state.

According to C Lalbiakenga, president of the influential Young Mizo Association (YMA), the two had been asked to leave in September but stayed on. “They were asked to leave as per a resolution passed in 2001 regarding women who marry non-Mizos,” he said.

Mapuii married a non-tribal timber trader from Rajasthan in 2005 and Zorampari also married a non-tribal 2 years later. Both of them have children from their respective marriages.

Deputy Commissioner of Kolasib district, Niharika Rai, appealed to the NGO Coordination Committee to stop the eviction notices and sent additional DC, Zairemmawia, and sub-divisional police officer, Francis L Ralte, to Bairabi on Tuesday.

The officials informed the NGOs that they had no authority to expel the women and appealed to them not to take law into their hands. Hpowever, the NGO Coordination Committee rejected the appeals, saying that “we would take steps for the good of our society and the town.”

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