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NSWC says no to village settlement
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 30 (NPN):
Published on 31 Aug. 2008 1:03 AM IST
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A two member team of the Nagaland State Women Commission (NSWC) who today visited the pregnant victim of gang rape by three youths said that it will not agree to any kind of settlement outside the law, in regard to the case. “We will never compromise with whatever the village resolves we will stand on the law” said a member of the Commission speaking over phone on conditions of anonymity. She also confirmed that the families of the victim were being pressurized into accepting the settlement according to customary law. She said the victim’s families were assured of financial help by the families of the accused persons who also questioned them for taking the matter to the police. The NSWC member further said that the husband of the victim though he has signed a document pertaining to the customary law, resolved not to accept any money from the accused persons. The team which met the GB cum chairman of Old Showuba village said the village council resolved that the four youths would each pay an amount of Rs 5, 000 to the village council while two of them would pay an additional amount of Rs 15, 000 each to the victim as penalty. She said the chairman informed them that the village has an existing resolution that in the event of any case arising in the village, it would be settled within the village authority. She however reiterated that the NSWC would stick to the law adding that one cannot take law into one’s hands. With mounting pressure on the families to accept the village settlement, the NSWC sounding apprehension over possible threat to the victim’s families also asked the police to provide them necessary security if the need arises. The Commission was also accompanied by the women police. She said the team also met SP Dimapur, OC Women cell and Naga Women Hoho to discuss the issue. Also speaking over phone Naga Women Hoho (NWH) president, Hukheli said the NSWC had assured its full support to the Hoho in the matter and encouraged them to fight for justice till it was delivered. Meanwhile, an emergency meeting of all the office bearers, executives and advisors of the NWH and Western Sumi Totimi Hoho (WSTH) has been convened on August 31 at the office of the NWH at 2 p.m.

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