Imphal, Dec 3
The activists of North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) along with women organizations and progressive organizations had participated the protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi against the brutal rape and murder of a woman veterinarian in Hyderabad last week. The incident has shocked the country and has led to widespread protests.
The incident, it should be noted, happened when the victim was on her way home after seeing a dermatologist. The four accused who have been apprehended waylaid her and then brutally raped and murdered her. Shockingly, the police administration did nothing to find the whereabouts of the victim even when her family approached it. Not only were the police personnel unwilling in helping the family, they did not even register the complaint. This is not the first incident where the apathy of police has led to brutal incidents being perpetrated. The Unnao case of Uttar Pradesh and recent incident of molestation of a woman from Kuki community in Churachandpur are glaring examples of police and military personnel’s active connivance in victimization of not just the survivors, but their families as well.
Not only is the police, but the central and state governments are responsible for the perpetuation of the victimization of the survivors. The activists also raised the issue of lack of Nirbhaya Fund and Nirbhaya Centres. The allocation of Nirbhaya Funds has been ignored by the central government for setting up of Nirbhaya One Stop Crisis Centres. These centres which were envisaged as one-stop points for rape survivors to receive medical and legal assistance have been non-operational across the country. Sadly, even after such brutal incidents, no efforts are made by the central and state governments to set up such centres on a priority basis.
NEFIS demands that the police personnel responsible for not filing the complaint of the victim’s family should be terminated from service and strict action should be taken against them. It also demands that Nirbhaya Centres should be established in all the districts so as to ensure justice for the survivors. NEFIS also demands that CCTV cameras should be installed in all the police stations to ensure speedy filing of complaints as well as to keep an eye on police personnel’s working. NEFIS stands for solidarity across communities and regions against oppression and exploitation, and pledges to continue its endeavours for strengthening it in the coming days.
Pinky Salam, a young and enthusiastic Reporter is working with Imphal Times since 2018. Apart from being a reporter, he is a musician and plays Guitar in his spare time. Pinky is a resident of Sagolband Salam Maning Leikai, Imphal and lives with his parents. He can be reached at [email protected]