Though there is no woman among the four candidates contesting the Lok Sabha election to the lone Mizoram seat, women’s issues have come to the fore probably because women outnumbered men in the states voters lists.
The opposition Mizo National Front-Mizoram Peoples Conference combine is using women’s issues against the Congress, saying that the present government refused to formalise the Mizoram Divorce Ordinance, 2008 promulgated by the state Governor during the MNF rule.
The MNF allege that the Ordinance lapsed after the Congress government led by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla refused to regularise it during the budget session of the Assembly held during March last.
“All the women groups, including the Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (MHIP) or Mizo womens federation, hailed the promulgation of the ordinance to improve the lot of the weaker sex in the strict patriarchal society in regards to separation and divorce, but the Congress stiffled the law,” a woman leader of the MNF said.
A judicial magistrate, who did not want to be named, told PTI that the Mizoram Divorce Ordinance was now null and void as the Ordinance was not legislated by the legislature as per the provisions of the Article 213 of the Constitution.