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Condemnations over rape of minor in Satakha
Published on 7 Jun. 2009 1:31 AM IST
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Several organisations including GPRN/NSCN, Xuivi Community Zunheboto (XCZ), Western Sümi Totimi Hoho (WSTH), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Dimapur Sümi Students’ Union (WSSU) and Xuivi Students Union (XSU) have strongly condemned another shocking rape incident in A-khel, Satakha town on June 5, where one Kakiho Zhimo, chairman of Ad hoc of Satakha Town Committee raped an eight-year-old girl neighbour, when the victim’s parents were away. Deeply anguished at the rape of a minor by one Kakiho Zhimomi, reportedly a father of four children, the GPRN/NSCN through its publicity cell said it was “utterly shocking” to learn that “perpetrator of the inhuman crime” was also the vice-chairman of the ad-hoc town council. Advocating that Naga society cannot effort to display “lackadaisical attitude and lukewarm response” against such barbaric actions, the GPRN/NSCN said: “unjustifiable crime deserves harshest of punishments.” It asserted that Naga society must not be held at ransom by rapists and criminals. “GPRN/NSCN demands swift punishment to the perpetrator of this dreadful crime. A father, husband or a son who commit merciless crime upon a hapless minor should not seek or expect mercy from any corner,” maintained the GPRN/NSCN. Further, calling for prompt action against the child rapist, the GPRN/NSCN called upon the Christian Naga society “to reason together lest the enemies take advantage of our moral complacency and absence of social conscience.” XCZ: Xuivi Community Zunheboto has said that “satanic action” of Kakiho Zhimomi of Kivikhu Village was “unforgivable” and demanded severest punishment at the earliest. XCZ chairman, Kuhovi Zhimomi and vice chairman, Shitoho Zhimomi in a joint release asserted that “beastly crime” committed against a minor child by Kakiho on June 5 had shook the age old mutual trust and respect that existed between the two neighboring villages ie Xuivi and Kivikhu village under Zunheboto district. “Not withstanding the position or social standing he holds, he has miserably failed to uphold the political, social, moral and ethical responsibilities that society expected of him,” XCZ signatories pointed out. Asserting that a “morally bankrupt man” was the epitome of wickedness, the community leaders said the kind of crime committed upon a minor child was never heard of in the neighborhood. It stated that Xuivi Community Welfare, Zunheboto town, in consultation with Xuivi Village GB’s and elders, Xuivi community welfare unions in Satakha town and Dimapur, has demanded the competent authorities to immediately punish the accused in accordance with the law. Cautioning of “underserved leniency” shown to the accused, ignoring the trauma and pain caused to the minor child, family and Xuivi Village community as a whole, the XCZ said it shall be viewed as deliberate act of ignoring the plea of a community for justice, adding that in such a case, an own course of action would be pursued by the aggrieved party as deemed fit. WSTH: Seriously condemning the “unfortunate” rape of a minor, the WSTH through a press note issued by its joint secretary, Nishela queried if a responsible man like Kakiho (a public leader), instead safeguarding the people, committed such heinous crime “where is the place for we people to be safe?” Urging the authorities, the administration, police and the lawyers to be more vigilant and take up the case with seriousness, the Totimi Hoho said the culprit should be booked according to the law of the land. Demanding that the culprit should not to “blindly” bail out, the WSTH said mothers would not tolerate such action and that it would take own course of action. NSF: Taking serious note of the rape committed upon a minor girl by one Kakiho Zhimo, chairman of Satakha Ad hoc Town Committee and working president of NPF Satakha A/C, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has strongly condemned the “heinous act” and termed it as “uncultured incident.” Observing that rape and molestation cases have escalated to an extreme rate in Nagaland, the federation vice president, Sinhilo Thong and assistant general secretary, N Ejanthung Ngullie in a condemnation note said: “in spitefulness that Naga society has, at all times intimidating to such atrocious crime which has never been a component of our culture and creed.” Further, urging all civil and government organisations for condemnations, the NSF advocated on adopting measures to exterminate such “transgressions.” DSSU: Dimapur Sümi Students’ Union (DSSU) condemning the rape incident said such actions were against “our cultural law and peaceful environment” as it was creating fear in the minds of younger generation and hampering their bright future. Union general secretary, Toniho Achumi and acting president, L Viketo Chishi in a statement appealed all the Nagas to join hand and fight for the right judgment against such evil practice. It also urged authority to initiate action as per the law against the culprit. XSU: Xuivi Students’ Union (XSU) strongly condemning the rape of an eight-year-old girl by one Kakiho Zhimo, son of late Shihozhe of Kivikhu village urged every “right thinking” citizens to condemn the “inhuman act” meted out a minor girl. Further, the union appealed higher authority to book the culprit and award punishment as per the law.

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