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Hardship faced by widows of armed conflict victims narrated

Imphal, Feb. 24:  Various hardships faced by widows and children of armed conflict victims was highlighted today in a round table conference organised by the Centre for Manipur Studies on the topic “Conflict (armed/Ethnic) Affected Manipur and Peace Efforts with Women in Centre Stage at Manipur University today.
Renu Takhellambam of the Extra Judicial Execution Victim Families Association (EEVFAM), narrated her experience on how she struggled along with other like minded victims families to get justice. She said that she being a widow of alleged UG have been denied any government scheme which other normal widow use to get. The stigma, and discrimination that they faced after the dead of her husband was no difference from other widow but she has been denied of any facilitated because her husband was a rebel. Renu Takhellambam at present is a law abiding citizen of this land.

Hutchin Haokip , a woman activist also narrated on how the widows in Hill area are suffering while trying to get the benefit provided for the widow under various schemes of the government of India. he said that as the government offices sometime remain close for reason best known to them they have to return empty hand. She also shared her experience on the problems faced by women of hill areas.

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