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Flesh trade a concern for Nagas
K.V. Nurumi Kohima, Oct 23 (NPN):
Published on 24 Oct. 2010 12:31 AM IST
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There has been a growing concern in the past many years over the growth of flesh trade in Nagaland especially in the light of the breakdown of family values and growing number of young girls facing sexual exploitation partly due lack of economic opportunities and the problem appears to be growing.
Reports from NGOs and social organizations indicate that young Naga girls have become victims to the lures of “outsiders” (non-locals) simply to sustain their livelihood more than just pleasure.
The recent MMS clip showing two Naga girls being stripped by non-locals presumably near Khatkati area in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district is an example of how Naga girls are easily lured and then duped to face the consequences.
In the midst of harsh abuses, the girls, who claimed to be students, were stripped and the when asked by the “moral policemen” revealed that certain truck driver asked them for a ride, which they obliged.
With incidents such as these getting unnoticed, NGOs, women organizations, district administration, the Government and even the ‘national workers” have been tight lipped for reasons best known to them.
However, the incident has much more repercussions as far as the vulnerability of our women folk are towards the “sexually permissive” attitude of our young Naga girls. This is compounded by an exercise by a social organization which clandestinely posed as “working girls” and negotiated with the “mediators” who revealed that Naga girls are more at ease with the non-locals than Nagas for fear of being identified.
A social organization working against the fight with HIV/AIDS in Dimapur revealed that Naga girls are even more vulnerable to the disease due to the “easy-go-attitude” of the Naga women as far as the sexual consent is concerned. The organization felt that the issue is going the proportional level and sought the help of all the stakeholders in dealing with the issue.
A Kohima based social organization feels that the Government should provide more job avenues such as the setting of Mahila IRB Battalion which has brought laurels to the State during their stint at the 2010 CW Games. It may be recalled that even the Union Home Minister P.Chidambaram had complimented on the role of women cadres of Nagaland Police for their exploit at the Games.
“Nagaland today stand as the second ranked state in the country with high rate of HIV/AIDS prevalence, that’s 1.20%, but the uncontrolled state of our high crave for sexuality and inadequate knowledge of precautionary measures will leave our State with an uncelebrated status of being the worst among the other states,” said an official of medical department.
Increasing level on awareness and tight and rigid policing by appropriate authorities would only solve the issue of illicit bargaining rather than being complacent over the vulnerability of Naga women folks.

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