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Allegations of persecution of Enrem clan in Changki village
Published on 15 Jul. 2009 12:06 AM IST
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Following the directives of the Ao Senden to the Changki village to restore the traditional rights of the Changkiri (Enrem) clan in March 2009, several complaints have been made against the alleged violation of human rights and the Senden directive. According to a report received here, it was alleged that during the past three weeks members of the Enrem clan were expelled for -gardening next to their houses; a GB of a clan expelled for writing a complaint to the Ao Senden; an aged widow and daughter expelled because the daughter was married to a man from another clan in the village while another member of the Enrem clan expelled for heeding the order of the Senden for cultivating in his own jhum. The report also cited the case of two brothers accompanying the body of their brother , an assistant project officer in the RD Department, who died on July 2 in Guwahati, had to turn back from the village gate as they were prevented from entering “because of the existing barbaric village laws”. The father of the deceased is a Reverend, who has been handicapped and living a retired life in the village. The report said the elder brother of the 81-year old mother of the deceased, who is herself physically challenged, was also expelled with just a few hours’ notice, because he had gone to the village to visit his sister in her time of grief and help in funeral arrangements. Further, it was alleged that three persons who went to the elder brother’s house to collect a pig donated by him for the funeral were fined one pig each. The report claimed that the three were not from the Enrem clan but were punished because they had reportedly gone to the house of an Enrem member and helping the bereaved parents by collecting pigs and other essential items for the funeral service. The uncle of the deceased who also visited the home of the bereaved was also served with notice for action, the decisions of which were awaited, the report said. According to the report, there were many other cases similar in nature where members of the Changkiri (Enrem) were denied the basic and fundamental rights. It said Enrem clan members have been barred from farming in their own fields, not allowed too use public transportation within the village and also not allowed to buy or sell anything from the local shops besides barred from using the village well. Even their children were allegedly not allowed to play with children of other clans within the village. These actions against the Enrem clan in the village have brought untold suffering, the report added.

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