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Violence against women on the rise in Manipur
Correspondent IMPHAL, NOV 28:
Published on 28 Nov. 2009 10:57 PM IST
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Victims of domestic violence relating untold miseries of suffering at the hands of their husbands marked the fourth day of the International fortnight observance of violence against women in Imphal. The day has been organized by the Women Action for Development (WAD) on the theme “Commit, Act, Demand –We can end the violence against women. A Kabui woman while speaking on the violence inflicted by her husband said she used drugs as an escapefrom the harassment meted out to her by the husband and other family members. Tony said that she was ill-treated and beaten up on several occasions apart from getting death threats. Another woman Jina, also a victim of domestic violence said her husband started abusing her physically after she gave birth to a baby girl. And the ill-treatment stopped only after she gave birth to a baby boy. A total of 141 incidents of violence against women were recorded last year according to reports from the Foundation for Social Development Organization, an NGO working in the field of violence against women. The report of the NGO while observing the increase in incidents of violence against women in the state stated some modes of violence towards women included discrimination, verbal and physical assault and trafficking etc. As per analysis report of the FSDO in the year 2005, a total of 117 cases of violence against women occurred, 102 in 2006 while 100 in 2007 but in the year 2008, it was recorded at 141. The report was compiled based on the media report. Many incidents of such kinds unreported to the media also occurred. The analysis report observed that women were harassed right from their home to the society. Many incidents of violence against women were covered up without reporting stated the report. The NGO suggested the need of civil societies, public and NGOs working in the field to check violence against women. The function which would continue till December 12 was graced by former member of the Manipur Human Right Commission, chief justice (retired) WA Sishak as chief guest. Secretary of the Centre for Social Development, W Nobokishor presided over the function. Judicial Magistrate A Noutuneshowri, chairperson of the United NGO Mission, Manipur and Rev Dr Tamthing Ruivanao also attended as guests of honour of the function.

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