Action Committee on Women Reservation (ACWR) in Nagaland was formed with representatives from Naga Mothers’ Association, Eastern Naga Women Organisation, Watsu Mongdang and Naga Women Hoho, Dimapur to ensure justice for women by implementation of Nagaland Municipal First Amendment Act 2006 and holding of elections for towns and municipalities.
A one month deadline had been served to the state government to hold the elections, ensuring reservation for women. On the failure of state government to hold elections and implement the Act, a writ petition on behalf of Naga women was filed at the Guwahati High Court, Kohima, by two members of the action committee who are bonafide members of the NMA ,ie, President and Advisor of the NMA.
The writ petition was submitted on June 24 and notice was served to state government and state election commission returnable in two weeks.
Court order stated “considering the nature of grievance raised, endeavour shall be made to dispose off the matter at the stage of admission hearing. “More than hundred women leaders from NMA including Angamimiapfu Krotho, Kyong EloeHoho, SumiTotimi Hoho, Rengma Mothers” Association, Pochury Mothers’ Association, Chakhesang Mothers’ Association, Zeliangrong Mepui Organisation, Watsu Mongdang, Kuki Women Organization, Naga Women Hoho, Dimapur, Tenyimia Women Organisation and Eastern Naga Women Organization attended the High Court at Kohima. The hearing on this writ petition from Naga women has been fixed on July 15.
Counsel for Petitioners is Colin Gonsalves from the Supreme Court of India and director, Human Rights Law Network assisted by two other lawyers from Supreme Court and advocate A. Azho and three lady lawyers from Nagaland. Members of ACWR include Abeiu Meru-President, NMA, Rosemary Dzuvichu- advisor, NMA, Menlei Konyak-President, ENWO; Temsusola Ao- Watsu Mongdang and Liangsi Niumai- secretary Naga Women Hoho, Dimapur.