HAFLONG, Sept 19 – In protest against alleged sexual abuse and gang-rapes in Dima Hasao district, several student and women’s organisations and other civil society groups here took out a mass procession on Wednesday. Hundreds of students and members of civil society groups, including senior citizens, took part in the rally which started from the Town Committee Field, popularly known as Lal Field, and wended through the major parts of the town before converging in front the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Dima Hasao district.
A memorandum was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, urging him to take necessary steps to book the culprits involved in these crimes, mete out severe punishment to the guilty and give compensation to the victims.
The memorandum stated that on March 27 this year, two girls had gone to fetch water at Mabao village located near Sontilla. After fetching water, as they were approaching the Diyung bridge, the duo was forcibly led to the jungle by six unidentified youths. They were brutally assaulted and gang-raped. The gruesome incident was recorded by the rapists and uploaded on the Internet. The brutality endured by the victims is still fresh. They were in need of proper medical care.
On July 22, a group of youths had gone for a picnic near the Diyung river near Jorai village in the Lungkbok area. Two of them were kidnapped by four youths and brutally beaten up and stripped. Again on August 7, a 14-year-old girl of Umrangso, who had gone to attend a function at a friend’s place, was gang-raped by four of her male friends while she was returning home with them.
Condemning the heinous acts and demanding registration of these cases under all relevant sections of the law, the protesters in the rally demanded arrest of all the culprits within 24 hours, financial compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the victims who are college and high school students, prohibition of the circulation of the video clips and provision of jobs to the victims according to their respective qualifications.
Members of the protesting organisations told this correspondent that if the Government and law-enforcing agencies failed to deliver justice, they would be compelled to launch a vigorous movement in future.