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Rally against rape in Phek

Public protest rally against rape organised by PAMA & NGOs at Phek town on Friday. (DPRO)
Published on 30 Apr. 2011 12:01 AM IST
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Over 10,000 people under the banner of Phek area mothers’ association (PAMA) and various civil bodies of Phek, staged massive protest rally at Phek Clock Tower Friday against the recent rape of a four-year-old girl by a policeman Ravohü.
On April 20 last, a four-year-old girl, LKG student of GPS, Hebron Colony, Phek, was allegedly raped by a 60-year-old policeman in Phek. The matter surfaced when the child’s health deteriorated and rape confirmation by medical authorities.
During a brief programme at Clock Tower, Phek town various public leaders including the presidents of Chakhesang mothers’ association, Phek area public organisation, Phek town Puchuri union, Phek town Chakhesang students’ union and former woman president, Avolu Chizo addressed the gathering and called for public awareness during such anti- social element occurrence.
Later, the rallyists proceeded to DC’s office, carrying banners and ply cards, and submitted a memorandum to DC demanding early action against the culprit.
The DC assured the public to take up the case soon and award befitting punishment to the culprit as per the nature of crime.
Phek SP, W. Krome and 5th NAP commandant, Vechipa Vese also strongly condemned the crime and further called upon all sections of people to cooperate during any such occurrence.
In Meluri, about 2000 people, mostly women, took out rally against the rape incident. The rally was organized by Pochury public forum, Pochury mothers’ association and Pochury GB union.
The protestors later submitted a representation address to deputy commissioner Phek was submitted to ADC Meluri.
They demanded that severe punishment, in the form of capital punishment, be awarded to the culprit. The Pochury public cautioned that failure to concede to their demand the public would be compelled to ask the authority to hand over the culprit so the accused could be put on trial as per Naga customary law.
Meanwhile, the Phek district GBs’ association, in a statement, condemned the heinous crime of rape and appealed to the responsible authorities to award severe punishment to the “criminal”.
The association stated that deplorable and inhuman act of Ravohu has caused serious physical injury and mental trauma to the victim. It also expressed concern over the growing incidence of violence/molestation against the “weaker sex.”

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