The Konyak Union has stated it would not allow and would oppose the appointment of a woman as Dobashi.
According to union vice president, M. Wangpai Wangsha and joint secretary, T. Pangmei Konyak, move to oppose appointment of a woman came about after much consideration and deliberation with regard to application of a female to the post of Dobashi (DB).
While making it clear that the move was not carried out to underestimate womenfolk but to let some aspects of the society and culture remain the same, the union said “Our history and culture is what gives us our unique identity.
Since time immemorial the law as practiced and accepted has been an institution peopled by councilors and head clans’ men of the village/society” and disputes, celebrations, war and any other matter arising requiring the intervention of a third party were dealt by them.
It also said during the British occupation the Konyaks had created the post of Dobashi to act as a bridge between them and the local people, to intervene in any situation requiring attention and resolving it.
“In a society ruled and governed by Anghs and with institutions like the Morung which had been existing and fulfilling its duties, the move consideration to appoint a female Dobashi will not be entertained”, Konyak Union added.