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No mercy for rapists: NWH
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 29 (NPN):
Published on 30 Aug. 2008 1:46 AM IST
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Expressing the strongest condemnation over the gang-rape of a pregnant woman by three youths near Old Showuba village Wednesday night, the Naga Women Hoho (NWH) has said it resolved to stand firm against any kind of compromise on the case between the families of the victim and accused persons, while vowing to pursue due justice till the end. This was stated by the president Naga Women Hoho(NWH) Hukheli at the media briefing called by the Police at East P.S. Friday evening. It was also disclosed during the media briefing, that the rape victim’s family members were being pressurized to seek an out of court settlement. The NWH president was categorical that the accused persons not only raped the pregnant woman but also committed a crime against the unborn child. Hukheli also lamented upon the fact that in sharp contrast with other states, in Nagaland, those charged with crimes against women generally escaped stringent punishment. However she said “this time we are not going to give up but will fight to the end.” She asserted that Naga women were neither “saleable nor purchasable” nor even “second class citizens”. The NWH also sounded a note of stern warning against any one seeking to bail out the accused persons saying it will “hunt” those responsible for seeking bail. Hukheli disclosed that a team had gone to Old Showuba village along with Western Sumi Totimi Hoho, to meet with the victim.However, the victim’s parents did not grant the audience on the plea that their daughter was in Dimapur. Sensing something amiss, a member of the NWH said “we were so much disappointed” but added “we will not agree with any compromise”. Maintaining that such crimes were a disease that needed to be cured, the NWH made a fervent appeal for support from the men folk. Meanwhile, women police has also said the law will take its own course of action. Police also disclosed that the GB-cum-chairman of Old Showuba village asked them to release the accused persons on the plea that the contending parties have agreed to settle the case as per customary law. Police however said the plea of the GB could not be entertained since the case was under investigation based on the complaint that was lodged with Police. The GB of Old Showuba was also asked not to disturb the police in the process. On the gravity of the charges, Police said it could amount to murder, taking into account the state of the unborn child. “Victims are being pressurized to compromise”, police confirmed . Meanwhile, police were also trying to ascertain if the accused had committed other similar crimes. According to sources, police suspicion was aroused by the behaviour of the accused.

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