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Condemnations over gang-rape
Published on 30 Mar. 2009 12:48 AM IST
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Condemnations over the gang-rape of a girl and robbery at Darogapathar in Dimapur on March 25 continued to pour in from various organizations, students body etc. The various organizations minced no words in condemning the gang-rape of the daughter of an engineer of Sungratsu village when five miscreants broke into the residence,gang-raped the girl , attempted to kill the wife and stole valuable items from the house. NPMHR Naga Peoples’ Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) while condemning the “barbarous act of savagery committed by five inhuman creatures” said the crime was all the more sinister as the criminals had the audacity to break into the house and physically assaulted all occupants. NPMHR through its Convenor, Atoho Aloto Kiho urged the police to take all necessary actions at the earliest to ensure that criminals were brought to book and a befitting punishment meted out to them. Expressing sympathies with the victim and her family, the NPMHR also lauded the feat of neighbours in apprehending one of the rapists and handing him over to police. NPMHR said any kind of crime cannot be condoned in a civilized society and that it was the bounden duty of all citizens to intervene and report any perceived violations of law. Further, it noted that the “abominable crime of rape had risen over the last few years” and advocated that the process and details of rape convictions be made public through local dailies to serve as deterrent for other “would-be rapists.” ASTD Ao Senso Telongjem Dimapur (ASTD) described the incident as “totally unacceptable and inhuman” and affirmed that it would use every inch of its strength in order to ensure that the perpetrators were brought to book and befitting punishment awarded. Having learnt that one of the miscreants belonged to a certain ‘underground’ faction, the ASTD in a press release jointly issued by its President, I. Temjen Jamir and General Secretary, T. Panger Tzudir appealed to the faction to render their assistance in apprehending the individual and hand him over to law enforcing agency. The ASTD also it would closely monitor the investigating process so as to ensure that no leniency was ‘afforded’ in the case. DWT Also strongly condemning the heinous gang-rape of a girl by five miscreants, attempt on the life of the mother and committing robbery, the Dimapur Watsu Telongjem (DWT) has appealed the state authority and district administration to book all the culprits and award exemplary punishment. The union, in a statement said the punishment would serve two important purposes mainly at the personal level which would provide certain moral and psychological satisfaction to the victim and at the social level, which would act as deterrence against committing the same crime in the future. The Telongjem further stated such sexual offence was not merely an impulsive act motivated by circumstances but a serious psychological and personality problem. Observing that there was no “reformative institution” in the state for the sex offenders other than the state jail, the DWT said a maximum amount of jail term would perhaps re-socialize the culprits to be able to live like normal human being again. Stating that “rape” which was once alien to the Naga society has now become rampant, the DWT appealed all village councils in the state to come up with new and strong rules to punish sex offenders. NSF “The NSF cannot imagine the inhuman act where a precious daughter was gang raped in safest place of their home in the presence of their parents,” the apex Naga students’ body said adding that it could no more tolerate such heinous acts. Assistant General Secretary NSF, Thoshusie Katiry demanded the law enforcing agencies to nab all the alleged rapists at the earliest and not to allow them to escape from the befitting punishment. It also appealed all conscious citizens to join hands together to eradicate such anti-elements from the society and not to make any effort release the accused persons or bail them out until the law took it own course of action. SSUD Vehemently condemning the incident, the Sungratsu Students’ Union Dimapur (SSUD) described it as ‘barbaric and inhuman’ which was beyond toleration of a civilized society. SSUD President, Bendangmoa Aier and General Secretary, Sashitemsu said the union has resolved not to remain a spectator but to put all efforts to achieve justice at any cost. It appealed the Naga Mothers’ Association to put ‘extreme pressure’ on the authority to bring all the culprits to book as per the laws of the land. MSUDI Molungyimsen Students’ Union Dimapur Institution (MSUDI) also condemned the incident sating it was beyond human toleration. MSUDI President, Among Aier urged the law enforcing agency (s) to book the culprits at the earliest and award befitting punishment. WSTH Western Sumi Totimi Hoho (WSTH) while condemning the ‘barbaric and heinous crime’ urged the authority concerned to take immediate measures to prevent such crimes. WSTH through its General Secretary, Ahimsa Zhimomi expressed grave concern that the lives of common citizens were at risk even within the security of their own homes and said it was disturbed to note the increase in organized crimes against women in the state. SKK All Sumi Students Union (SKK) expressed shock over the incident and said the act was “barbaric” and beyond human toleration. The SKK urged the authorities to speed up the investigation process and bring the culprits to book so as to avoid such incidence in the near future. The union further appealed the authorities not to grant bail to the alleged rapists and also urged the underground factions to immediately take strong action against those involved in case they belong to any of the factions as per confessional statement of the accused under police custody.

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