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Women in M’laya to boycott women’s day
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 4:
Published on 5 Mar. 2010 12:28 AM IST
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Intensifying their agitation against Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Bindo M Lanong, several women organisations here will boycott the International Women’s day celebrations on March 8. The women groups are protesting against Mr. Lanong’s refusal to ‘apologise’ for his ‘venomous vipers’ remark has prompted them to boycott the International Women’s Day celebrations. “We will launch our signature campaign against Lanong’s unwarranted remarks against the fairer sex,” Jaintia Youth Federation (Women’s Wing) Chairperson, Mary Anne Pohshna, told reporters here. Apart from the signature campaign, the women’s group will wear ‘black flags’ during Women’s day. 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 month. The women right activists further threatened libel suit for his “venomous viper” remark against women, if he did not apologise. The women right activists further demanded that Lanong withdraw his statement that there was “no oppression” of women in the state. However, 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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