Konyak organizations flay assault on minor girl

KOHIMA, APR 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/13/2019 11:48:41 AM IST

Konyak organisations have strongly condemned the assault on a 13-year old minor girl by a government servant and his wife in Kohima. Konyak Students’ Union Kohima (KSUK) president Hongpe and Longchang Area Union Kohima (LAUK) president Pelü Konyak disclosed that the victim was working as a domestic helper with the couple since March 13, 2019.  

They described the assault on the minor as “inhuman and beyond human tolerance” that went on regularly.  The images of the victim with bruises on her body went viral on social media.

The Unions revealed that FIR has been lodged against the couple and also appealed to the responsible authority to immediately book the culprits and mete out befitting punishment as per the law of the land. Further, the unions also warned that they would not be held responsible for “any eventualities that may arise out of the loophole in the course of adjudication.”

They have also appealed to all the right thinking citizens to condemn the “inhuman act” and also urged upon the law enforcing authority to deliver justice and also not to grant bail to the accused persons at any cost. 

When contacted, KSUK president Hongpe disclosed that the incident came to light after the union was informed by some friends of the union. On learning of the incident, Hogpe said he and the union finance secretary Champong and KNSK Kohima unit team rushed to the house where the victim was working.

On being questioned, Hongpe said the couple initially denied the assault but when questioned about the bruises, the wife admitted to have only pulled the girl’s ear.

When Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong (KNSK) members insisted on checking the minor, the girl bore severe bruises and scars. It was reported that the victim was made to apply “foundation cream” on the affected parts to hide the bruises.

Hongpe regretted that instead of admitting to their fault, the couple defended themselves and even insulted the KSUK and KNSK Kohima unit. In particular, he said it was unfortunate that an officer of such stature could go to such an extent.

KSUK president also expressed shock that despite repeated appeals not to send their children as domestic helpers, parents continued to do so. He said such children are made to suffer at the hands of such “guardians”.

He expressed confidence that justice would be done and also appreciated the Child-line home for rescuing the victim.

KNSK Kohima unit: Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong (KNSK) Kohima Unit has also condemned the assault on the minor girl.

KNSK Kohima unit general secretary C.N Moe alleged that the victim was falsely accused of stealing banana, cash of Rs.10,000 besides drinking juice. KNSK termed the allegations as “baseless”. KNSK said it was “unfortunate” that despite wide awareness campaign by KSUK, KU and KNSK cases of child trafficking for domestic help and baby sitters continued to be on the rise with child abuse rising at an alarming rate.

KNSK Kohima unit said the “inhuman treatment” meted out to the innocent children was not acceptable in a civilised society.

KNSK said it was also “unfortunate” that the wife verbally abused officials from various organisations even in front of “The Child Helpline officials” and police. It said such behaviour only exposed her “insensible and aggressive behaviour.”

KNSK Kohima unit also revealed that it has been trying to register domestic helpers, but failed due to non-cooperation from parents of “trafficked children, the traffickers and the citizens...”  KNSK said it was time to wake up and say “No to Child Trafficking” and stop crime against the children.

KNSK has also thanked KSUK and KU for extending support to helpless children, ChildHelp line and North Police Station and expressed the hope that justice would be delivered as per the law.

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