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KNSK rally for capital punishment

Rallyists march towards office of the deputy commissioner, Mon to submit memorandum, Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent MON, MAY 11 (NPN)
Published on 12 May. 2010 1:14 AM IST
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: Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong, which organized a silent procession in Mon on Tuesday, in its four-point charter of demands addressed to the DC Mon with regard to the alleged rape and murder of Late Mrs. Shikna by three non-locals at Wanching Village on May 2, has demanded capital punishment to be awarded to the culprits.
Other three points included the demand not to bail out the culprits under any circumstances; demanding the concerned authority to take immediate action against the Inner Line Permit (ILP) defaulters in the district, and compensation for the victim’s family.
According to a statement issued by KNSK joint secretary, Watlong Yanlem, the additional deputy commissioner Mon, Sarah Ritse, in response to the memorandum, assured to take up the matter with the competent authority.
The KNSK, a mothers’ association, submitted the memorandum after rallying from Helipad ground to DC office where about 5, 000 people gathered to express solidarity in condemning the alleged rape and murder of Late Mrs. Shikna.
Earlier, during a short programme at the Helipad ground, KNSK advisor, Theanglih asserted that the association was not going soft by organising a silent protest rally saying “we being Christians should not return the evil deeds with evil.” She, however, made it clear that it did not mean to encourage such evil action. “Rather, this is just a beginning and a sign that women folks can and will unite as one to fight such evil actions. We will not tolerate such action in the near future,” she added.
KNSK advisor, Atoi accused the culprits on three counts, viz Inner Line Permit (ILP) default, rape and murder. She also blamed the contractor concerned for the incident, as the labourers were employed by him, without proper verification. Cautioning the police personnel manning the check post to be sincere in their duty, she said there would not be any problem with the ILP issue, if they performed their duty sincerely and honestly. She also wondered as to how 35-40 labourers without ILP were able to enter Mon district without being detected.
Konyak Students’ Union (KSU) president, Khungchah cautioned all the land owners and land lords not to-let/ rent houses without proper verification and warned that if anyone was found doing so, both the culprit and the owner would be dealt with equally. Others who spoke at the rally included NSWC member, S.P. Ellen and Konyak Union (KU) vice president, Yeanglong. All those who spoke at the rally vehemently condemned the incident and demanded capital to be awarded to the culprits. They also conveyed condolences to the victim’s family.
Women folks, regardless of their status, denomination and tribe, participated in the rally holding placards some of which read, “God exist where women are respected,” “Crime against women, crime against humanity,” “Condemn the criminals before they condemn the society,” “Women are not objects for sexual crime,” “Justice delayed is justice denied” etc.
Representatives from various organizations like the Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong, KU, KSU, Churches, school students and public of Mon town took part in the procession.
The KNSK said that the KSU and KU have expressed wholehearted cooperation to it in this issue.

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