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Rally against abuse of women

Women folk and students attend the rally organized as part of fortnight observation of International Day for Elimination of Violence against women in Dimapur on Wednesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Dec. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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Since the year 1981 women activists from across the globe have been observing November 25 as a day of violence against women, the date to commemorate the brutal assassination of the three Mirabal sisters – political activists in the Dominican Republic – in 1960 on orders of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo.
It was in December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution declaring November 25 as the International Day for Elimination of Violence against women.
As a part of this fortnight-long observation, the Naga Women Hoho, Dimapur (NWHD), in collaboration with Nagaland State Women Commission (NSWC), organized a rally Wednesday at Clock Tower Junction here.
Women from various organizations, churches, colleges and schools, and various sections of the public of Dimapur district thronged the junction to denounce gender prejudice.
Addressing the rally, deputy commissioner Dimapur Maongwati Aier made a clarion call to all citizens to stop violence against women and begin to respect the rights of women.
Touching upon domestic violence, the DC asserted that “only a foolish man could mishandle a woman,” whereas men with strong positive mindset treated any women with respect.
Laying emphasis on Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code, under which violence/crime against women were punishable with a penalty amounting to seven years imprisonment, Maongwati Aier also highlighted protection and security guaranteed by the constitution of India for women.
DC further called upon all sections of the society to join hands in support as the state, along with the rest of the country, marched forward to do away with violence towards women.
Also, delivering a short speech on the occasion, Naga Council, Dimapur president Savi Liegise spoke on the rights and values of women and asserted that womenfolk were the keepers of the home as well as the society.
He said it was saddening to read cases of rape, trafficking and various kinds of violence against women, in the state and elsewhere, reported almost everyday in different mediums. While maintaining that it was the responsibility of all citizens to respect and protect women, Liegise also urged upon all women to collectively create units in their respective colonies and areas to address and eliminate any aggression towards women.
Meanwhile, NWHD president Hukheli T. Wotsa thanked the speakers, participants and all those who extended support towards the rally.
Earlier, speaking to this Reporter, Hukheli said the Hoho was concerned about crimes against women in Dimapur and expressed dismay that many cases go unreported.
With a special mention to the recent molestation case of two Naga girls at Lahorijan (Assam) allegedly by forest security personnel and the consequent arrest of three accused in connection with the case, the Hoho has appealed to responsible authorities not to grant bail to the culprits under any circumstances. Further, they demanded stern punishment against the culprits.
The international fortnight observation which has been launched in the state by NSWC November 25 last at Kohima, is being observed in all district headquarters and is slated to culminate on December 10 coinciding with the International Human Rights Day.
Along with the launch, White Ribbon Campaign (WRC), an international campaign by men to stop violence against women, was also introduced in the state with additional chief secretary & development commissioner Alemtemshi Jamir as its first ambassador.
Meanwhile, along with the rest of the state, Zunheboto town also observed International Day for Elimination of Violence against women at main traffic point near Old NST Wednesday with Sumi Hoho president Hokishe Yepthomi as chief guest.
In his speech, Yepthomi voiced concern over gradual increase in cases of violence against women in Nagaland.
He stressed that women were constitutionally equal with any other human being in the land. White ribbons were distributed to all participants.
The programme was attended by DC Zunheboto T. Kiheto, government officials and hundreds of people.

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