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YMA demands law to strip ST status

 AIZAWL, Oct 20 - The Young Mizo Association (YMA), a powerful youth organisation in Mizoram, has demanded enactment of a law to ensure that any Mizo woman who marries a non-tribal loses her Scheduled Tribe status. The demand was raised in a one-day conference of the YMA here on Friday and it was decided that the Association would soon submit a proposal to the State Government to enact a law to that effect, a YMA release said.

Such a legislation, if enacted, will take back the Scheduled Tribe status of any Mizo woman who marries a non-tribal, it said.

The conference also proposed to move the State Government to commence a bus service between Champhai town in Mizoram and Tahan town in Myanmar as many Mizos reside there.

The delegates of the conference also proposed to take up the matter of implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Mizoram.

The conference decided that the YMA would take steps to ensure that traditional Mizo clothes and puan (shawl) were patented, the statement added. – PTI

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