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RASU memo to Wokha DC; ENWO, NSWON, Chang, KLRU condemn rape
Published on 27 Aug. 2009 12:09 AM IST
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Condemning the August 21 gang-rape and murder of late Rosila Humtsoe of New Ralan, Wokha allegedly by some Muslim labourers, the Ralan Area Students’ Union (RASU) Wednesday urged Wokha deputy commissioner to take early initiative in apprehending all the accomplices of one Raju (victim’s spouse) in connection with the case. In a memorandum submitted to Wokha deputy commissioner, the Ralan Area Students’ Unionpresident Merithung Ovung demanded that Raju and his accomplices (already in police custody) be booked under non-bailable act and award befitting punishment. Also, questioning the authority responsible for shifting of six suspects from Wokha police station to Kohima, the union said it was not convinced by the security reason and demanded that accomplices transferred to Wokha police station immediately. ENWO, NSWON, CM Chang National Socialist Woman Organization of Nagalim (NSWON), Eastern Nagaland Women Organization (ENWO) and the lone Nagaland Lok Sabha MP CM Chang have also condemned the rape and “brutal murder” of late Rosila Humtsoe on August 21 at New Ralan, Wokha. The women wing of the NSCN (I-M) while asserting that no form of justice could justify such heinous crime other than “elimination from this earth” stated that in Naga society, woman occupied a “unique position” and were regarded as “fountain of respect, honour, adoration and recognition in society”, but they were “attacked time and again in the form of rape, torture, force labour and even to the extend of compelling to indulge in flesh trade….”. Stating by the report that victim was married to a Muslin trader and the rapists from her husband’s community, the NSWON said the incident was a clear evidence of influx of outside traders and labourers in Nagaland, especially Miyas whose sole intention was to get money and wealth, having no respect for the age old Naga culture, tradition and religion. Meanwhile, the NSWON appealed and urged Naga women to be aware and alert from such occurrences in future adding that “they are not falling into the prey to loose her chastity by foul play of the outsiders.” In a press statement, the ENWO press secretary urged the administration and police to deny bail to the arrested and not to allow any other party to hamper the investigation in order to ensure that justice was delivered to the victim’s family. The ENWO while expressing sadness by such heinous acts and crimes threatening the society especially women, extended its support to State Commission for Women investigating team and other agencies involved in the investigation. Lok Sabha MP CM Chang, in a press release, also termed the incident as “most shocking” in the history of Nagaland and requested that culprits be booked under appropriate section of law and award punishment. Kohima Lotha Lower Range Union The Kohima Lotha Lower Range Union (KLLRU) also condemned the rape and murder case which took place at Ralan area on August 22, stating that the incident was “heinous and unforgivable”. A release issued by the union stated that human life should not be compromised with human needs and wants, and appealed to the government for adequate compensation to the victim’s family and the administration and police to hand down the punishment of highest degree to all culprits. It also reaffirmed that migrant labourers should not pose themselves as threat to the Nagas.

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