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Rally against Zunheboto rape
Dimapur, Apr 21 (NPN):
Published on 22 Apr. 2009 1:13 AM IST
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The Sumi Totimi Hoho (STH) in association with Sumi Kiphimi Kuqhakulu, Eastern Sumi Students’ Union and Zunheboto Range Students’ Union organised a public rally in protest against the rape on a minor by one Tito, son of Asheto Kibami of Ghukiye vllage on April 11 in Zunheboto. The STH identified four other co-accused involved in the crime as Samuel, Thoro, Aloto and Mughaho. The rally, which the STH said was held “despite multiple element trying to prevent the endeavour of the Sumi Totimi Hoho’s move for the cause of justice,” vehemently condemned the rape incident and demanded penalization of all the culprits in accordance with the provision of the law without leniency. It also called for cancellation of the bails granted to the four co-accused. The STH strongly voiced that such inhuman crime amounted to paralyzing the career of the innocent victim besides being a threat to the human race especially women. The STH also submitted a memorandum to the District Judicial Authority. The students’ bodies also pronounced strong support towards the fight for justice endeavoured by the Hoho. According to a joint press release issued by STH president Vikali S. Achumi and joint secretary, Viholi Zhimomi, the entire member attending the rally approved the stand of the STH. All the speakers unanimously voiced that the force of law should fall upon all the accused irrespective of status or personality. The rally sent out the message that “leniency towards crime is an encouragement towards evil.” The STH conveyed its heartfelt gratitude to the district administration and police, students and the public for their support and also bearing the inconvenience. Meanwhile, the Zunheboto Town Council (ZTC) and some NGOs have condemned the rally which was held without its knowledge. ZTC chairperson, Khehoshe H. Yeptho in a press statement said the STH convened an official meeting on April 20 at the residence of STH banker to seek the opinions of the Concerned Citizens’ Forum Zunheboto (CCFZ), Zunhebototo Town GB Association, Sumi Kukami Hoho, Zunheboto Town Business Union and the ZTC to conduct the rally on April 21 in connection with the rape case. ZTC said that after thorough discussion, the NGOs suggested the STH not to conduct the rally since the case was taken up by the district administration. ZTC said that the STH however carried out the sudden rally without its knowledge and the NGOs. With regard to this, a joint meeting of the NGOs and ZTC was held on April 21 and adopted a resolution condemning the rally. Stating that the STH in carrying out the rally was an “insult” to the opinion of the mentioned NGOs and ZTC, the house resolved not to co-operate with the STH. It however resolved to continue to fight for the right of the rape victim.

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