GUWAHATI, Nov 25 – On the occasion of the 6th Beltola incident memorial day on Sunday, the All Adivasi Students Association of Assam (AASAA) reiterated its commitment to work towards building a bridge of unity and amity between all communities in the State.
The student body observed the day by remembering all those who lost their lives during the incident. The functionaries of the student body paid tribute not only to the Beltola victims but to all those individuals representing different organizations and student bodies who lost their lives fighting for the cause of the common people of the State.
The memorial function held at Bhagawati Prasad Baruah bhawan here was presided over by Raphael Kujur, president of AASAA. Apart from dignitaries like writer Nirupama Borgohain, Imran Hussain, Wilfred Topno, president of Adivasi Sahitya Sabha, Laxmi Orang, the Adivasi woman who was disgraced on the road was also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Laxmi Orang stressed the need for empowerment of women and called for an end to all forms of crime against women. Pointing out that respect for women is a must to build a progressive society, Laxmi appealed to all women to stand up for their cause without any fear.
She was felicitated by the student body for her exemplary courage and determination to continue to fight for the rights of women.
Raphael Kujur said that the AASAA will contribute towards building a greater Assamese society and he urged for an end to the distrust that was driving a wedge between the different indigenous communities. He said that the need of the hour was for all the communities to come together and work towards safeguarding the interests of the State and all citizens living here.