On the occasion of ‘International Women’s Day’, the Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) has extended greetings to women all over the world, especially women of the region, paying homage to those who sacrificed and made tremendous contributions to the cause of women’s rights in particular and human rights in general at various levels, be within their homes, their locality, community, society or beyond.
Acknowledging the importance of the occasion in recognizing the numerous achievements made toward realizing the rights and claims of women, NPMHR also pointed out that occasion was a grim reminder of various unfulfilled responsibilities and commitments made by various state and non-state agencies toward ensuring full enjoyment of the rights of women.
While women in general were the most vulnerable section of the society, NPMHR stated that indigenous women constitutes still more vulnerable group among women, and that state had failed to respect, protect, and promote their rights.
The NPMHR also drew attention to the various incidents of discrimination and exploitation of indigenous women at various fronts articulating “Indigenous women remain the bulk of women whose rights are abused everyday”, and went on to add “Because of their vulnerability, they are often the victims of trafficking, physical, sexual, and psychological violence, abduction and rape by armed individuals”.
NPMHR further reiterated that indigenous women are the most severely affected victims of developmental aggression. “Their vulnerable economic and political position placed them in positions where the negative outcomes of development such as forced migration, relocation, and dispossession hit them critically”, it said and pointed out example of the construction of dams and other mega structures in the region which mostly victimized women citing example of Lungmila who was brutally injured on November 3 during a protest against the construction of the Mapithel Dam, a strong reminder of the failure of the state to respect, protect, and promote the rights of women vis-à-vis developmental programs.
NPMHR further called the attention of numerous incidents of sexual violence against women at Parbung, Tipaimukh and adjoining villages by armed groups; the recent rape incident at Senapati; and the trafficking of girls to other parts of India.
The release further said that while some incidents are reported in the media, a majority of them go unnoticed or are unreported, either by the media or other agencies contributing to the continued violation of the rights of the victims while on the other hand, law enforcement agencies had either miserably failed or are often in cohorts with those committing the crimes making abusers practically immune to legal sanction.
NPMHR on this occasion encouraged one and all to reaffirm and recommit themselves to the cause of realizing rights of women affirming women’s rights are “human rights” and that its realization and enjoyment should be a common goal and a shared obligation for everyone.