Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong today said that the State government has a desire to formulate a law to end superstitious belief of the Khasi Community particularly branding people as ‘menshohnoh.’
Meghalaya has seen a number of lynching and thrashing cases over suspicion of menshohnoh (people who are believed to be the persons hired by a certain clan or family which offers a human sacrifice to evil spirits in the form of U Thlen for economic prosperity).
“Except for the Khasis, no other communities have such dark beliefs about the existence of the menshohnoh and thlen. Such superstitious beliefs and words should be erased from the dictionary including other such superstitious beliefs and words like the Taro, Ai bih, and others,” the Deputy Chief Minister said at a function during the release of two books titled “Menshohnoh” and “Ka Rngiew” authored by S. Micheal Jyrwa held at Lawmali Dorbar Hall on Saturday.
He said that such dark beliefs have become a disease and also resulted in the loss of many innocent lives and lynching incidents.
The Deputy Chief Minister further lauded the author for his contribution to the Khasi language and stated that the State government is following up on the issue related to the inclusion of Khasi language in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India.