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Slanderous remarks against women land Dy CM in trouble
Correspondent SHILLONG, Feb 22:
Published on 22 Feb. 2010 11:59 PM IST
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Women’s right organisation today demanded an unconditional apology from Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Bindo Lanong within 24 hours for making “derogatory” remarks against women. Lanong reportedly called some women right activists “venomous vipers” in a press conference held last Friday. “These women are against everything…they are like venomous vipers,” he stated The Deputy Chief Minister was reacting to an article written by a local English daily editor in which he was criticised for claiming there was “no oppression of women in Meghalaya,” at a regional level conference on women’s rights organised by the National Commission for Women here last Thursday . “Crime against women is increasing in Meghalaya, a fact acknowledged by the Chief Minister DD Lapang himself during his speech at the meeting. So how can his deputy differ on the issue,” Patricia Mukhim, Editor of the largest English daily The Shillong Times, said. Today, Women right activists met the Deputy Chief Minister in his office and submitted a memorandum and demanded that Lanong tender an unconditional apology within 24 hours. The women right activists further threatened libel suit for his “venomous viper” remark against women, if he didn’t apologised.The women right activists further demanded that Lanong withdraw his statement that there was “no oppression” of women in the state. However, Mr Lanong denied making any statement calling the women right activists “venomous vipers.” “This is nothing but falsity…he (Lanong) should verify facts and figures,” another activists suggested.

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