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NE students delegation to meet PM on rising crime
Published on 10 Nov. 2009 12:33 AM IST
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A delegation of students and Congress workers from the northeast will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday over the rise in crime against people from the region in the national capital. “We are meeting the prime minister at his residence at 9 a.m. Tuesday. As he has been elected from Assam (to the Rajya Sabha), we want to apprise him about the problems the northeast students face in the Indian capital,” Sharif Laskar, general secretary of the Northeast Congress Committee, told IANS. Laskar, who was one of the leaders who led the protest at the Jantar Mantar last week on the rising crime against the students from the northeast, hoped that the prime minister would be able to offer them solutions. “We want him to intervene in the matter as it is a very serious issue. Every day we hear that students from the northeast are being assaulted or harassed,” he added. “As the prime minister is from Assam, he would understand the problems the students are facing,” Laskar said. He said that they have recently met Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on the issue. On Oct 25, a 19 year-old Naga girl, Ramchonphy Hongrey was strangled and burned by a PhD scholar from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) as she spurned his advances. In April, a six year old Naga girl was raped, murdered and dumped in a water tank on the rooftop in the Vasant Vihar area. Several incidents were also reported from Gurgaon recently. NESC&H alleges A Delhi-based North East Support Centre & Helpline (NESC&H) Monday alleged that Gurgaon DLF phase-2 police station refused to register a case even after 50 hours of molestation of a Naga girl inside a shopping mall by a showroom manager in Gurgaon Metropolitan Mall last Friday. The NESC&H spokesperson Madhu Chandra, in an e-mailed statement, said that Gurgaon police and administration seemed to be waiting for another gruesome incident to wake up like Delhi police which woke up to plights faced by north east communities in Delhi by gruesome killing of a 19-year-old Naga girl in Munirka October 25 last by one IIT PhD student. It was stated that the accused had even threatened the victim, her friends and NESC&H personnel not to lodge complaint in police station, otherwise face consequences. According to Madhu Chandra, the NESC&H received a threatening call from one person identified as the Sarpanch of Sikanderpur. The caller reportedly said: “Mistaken are happened, the accused is his relative, do not lodge complaint in Police station, his career will be spoiled, let us compromise.” The NESC&H had reported the matter to Gurgaon police commissioner through a letter November 7 and had even spoke to police officer on duty at DLF Phase-2 police station and additional commissioner of police Sumit Kumar November 8, the NESC&H statement asserted. The support centre said it would wait for Gurgaon police for another day to book the accused, failing which it would approach National Commission for Women, National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for SC/ST and Civil Societies and Human Rights groups.

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