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Newsletter for the month of July & August 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Dear Friends

Warm greetings from Control Arms Foundation of India.

Northeast India comprises the Eight States—Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. North East India deals with complex social political issues such as struggle over natural resources, ethnic tensions, illegal migration, displacement and social exclusion. The conflict in Manipur turns 300 women into widows annually.

The project “Empowering Women for Peace and Development in South Asia: Focus on Northeast India” is spearheaded Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) with support from European Union (EU) and Welthungerhilfe (WHH). The programme aims to prevent and respond to crises in fragile and conflict-affected situations in North East India and South Asia.  The overall project in South Asia will contribute towards promoting civil society and strengthening women-led peace building initiatives for sustainable peace in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Please find here July-August 2014 issue newsletter, providing news related to Northeast India on different spheres, keeping women issues as the main motivation and the related issues at the centre. 



Crimes against women up in 6 NE states; Assam tops list
Source: The Shillong Times, 6 July 2014

Crimes against women in six of the eight Northeastern states increased significantly in the last year compared to the year before as Assam led the list, although Manipur and Mizoram registered a downward trend. At the all-India level, Assam remains in the seventh place, like in the previous year. Read More

10 years on, 'rapist 'AR men still go scot-free

Source: The Sangai Express, 11 July 2014

Even though it has been 10 years since Thangjam Manorama was allegedly raped and shot dead by troops of 17 Assam Rifles, the country's legal system is still unable to punish the rapists cum murderers. Read More

Over 400 human trafficking victims rescued in Assam
Source: The Shillong Times, 29 August 2014

Assam Police has rescued 422 victims of human trafficking, mostly minors, and arrested 281 offenders since 2011, according to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), highlighting the magnitude of this problem in the entire northeastern region. Official records showed that of the total 93 victims of trafficking in 2011 Read More

Vocational training for destitute women ends on positive note
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 29 August 2014

A six-month long vocational training programme for destitute women and girls for the year 2013-14 organized by Social Welfare Department ended at Welfare Training Institute, Takyelpat here yesterday. Speaking at the concluding function as Chief Guest, Social Welfare Minister AK Mirabai noted that development in the society will be hindered if women Read More

Bodies of 3 suspected ANVC-B rebels found
Source: The Shillong Times, 29 August 2014

West Garo Hills police have recovered bodies of three young men, believed to be that of ANVC-B militants, with their hands tied behind their backs in Oragitok area, 25 kms from Tura on Thursday morning. The bodies were found by villagers of Oragitok at around 8am Read More

Minors raped by masked man
Source: The Arunachal Times, 29 August 2014

In yet another crime against the fairer sex, two minor girls were raped by a man claiming to be NSCN cadre at Naitong village under Kanubari Sub-Division of Longding district on August 6 last. The girls are cousins and are aged 12 and 14 years respectively. Read More

191 cases of crime against children reported
Source: The Sangai Express, 30 August 2014

Even though Manipur witnessed 191 cases of crime against children in the last two years, only two accused involved in a rape case were convicted. According to a report compiled by the Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR) based on newspaper reports, Manipur witnessed 191 different cases of crimes against children between September 2012 and August 17 this Read More

United Naga Council’s peace rally turns violent, two killed in police firing
Source: The Sangai Express / Mungchan Zimik/Correspondents, 31 August 2014


Two persons were killed allegedly in police firing as the peace rally organised under the aegis of the United Naga Council (UNC) turned violent at Ukhrul district headquarters today. Yet, similar peace rallies taken out at Chandel, Tamenglong and Senapati went off peacefully without any untoward incident. Read More

Lightning bandh on, highway blocked
Source: The Sangai Express, 31 August 2014

In protest against the killing of two protesters in police firing at Ukhrul, a lightning bandh of 24 hours has been imposed in all Naga inhabited areas since 5 pm today. On the other hand, Senapati Bazar was shut down at 5.30 pm and all vehicular movements along Imphal-Dimapur highway have been blocked at Senapati district headquarters. Read More

Sawombung Gram Panchayat Pradhan shot
Source: The Sangai Express, 31 August 2014

Sawombung Gram Panchayat Pradhan Shandham Ibomcha s/o (L) Tamphajao of Yourbung Khunou has been critically injured as unknown miscreants shot a bullet in his mouth near his residence at around 7.30 pm today. Read More

Woman security guard assaulted in Golf Course
Source: The Shillong Times, 5 July 2014

A thirty-year-old woman security guard, P Bina who was manning the Shillong Golf Course was allegedly beaten up by a group of youth after she prevented them from playing football in the golf course on Friday. Sources informed that one of the youth, Iengskhem Khyriem assaulted the women security guard with her security stick. Read More

Behali, Assam tense after 3 injured in attack

Source Arunachal Times, 6 July 2014

Three persons were allegedly shot at by miscreants around 4 am at Naharjan near Behali under Sonitpur district in Assam. Though it is not clear who were the attackers, some people from other side of the boundary were pointing finger towards Arunachal. Read More

Grenade blasts in Chirang district of western Assam
Source: The Shillong Times, 7 July 2014

Three persons were wounded in twin grenade explosions in Chirang district of western Assam on Sunday. The explosions took place at the heart of Bijni, the district headquarter town on Sunday afternoon. Read More

Woman allegedly assaulted
Source: The Sangai Express 5 July 2014

An Assam Rifle personnel, identified as Warengam, a resident of Dewlahland, who came out to buy household items allegedly assaulted a woman shopkeeper after a heated argument over the price of food items. Read More

Bomb at Makru found planted by unidentified persons near Makru Bridge along National Highway-37
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 7 July 2014

A Chinese hand grenade was found planted by unidentified persons near Makru Bridge along National Highway-37 under Nungba Police Station, Tamenglong district this morning around 7 O'clock. Read More

Two civilians hurt in triple IED blasts at Kashung Bungdung
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 9 July 2014

A least two civilians were injured, one of them critically, when three powerful IED bombs went off in succession near Kashung Bungdung Community Hall under Kasom Khullen Police Station in Ukhrul district at around 9.15 am today. Read More

Sexual harassment victim asked to bury case against jawan
Source: The Shillong Times, 9 July 2014

Shrishty (name changed), wife of an Assam Rifles jawan has alleged that officials within the oldest paramilitary force in the country is putting pressure on her to sweep under the carpet a sexual harassment and blackmail case she brought up against another jawan of the force. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Shrishty alleged that Dan Singh Negi, a jawan from 40 Assam Rifles Read more

Jung asks DCs to conduct a safety audit for women
Source: The Shillong Times, 11 July 2014

In an effort to make the national capital safer for women, Delhi’s Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today directed the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to conduct a safety audit to identify safe and unsafe areas for women and girls in their districts. “Each Deputy Commissioner has been asked to conduct a safety audit of space within their districts to identify safe and unsafe areas Read More

Manipuri woman alleges harassment by 'RAW official'
Source: The Sangai Express / Courtesy: The Times of India, 11 July 2014

A Manipuri entrepreneur who lives in DLF Phase III has filed a complaint against a man who allegedly entered her house forcefully, claimed to be a senior official of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and harassed and tried to intimidate her. Read More

Man 'sells' daughters to buy Drugs
Source: The Sangai Express, 11 July 2014

In one of the most appalling act witnessed in the state, a 41-year-old drug addict allegedly sold his two minor daughters in a desperate effort to lay his hands on illicit heroin, reports our Lamka correspondent. Read More

Bandh observed in protest against attack on student leader
Source Arunachal Times, 12 July 2014

The bandh called in the four Mishmi Hills districts of Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley, Anjaw and Lohit including Namsai sub-division to protest against attack on student leader Unti Umbrey was observed peacefully today. Read More

United Naga Council calls bandh in 'Naga areas'
Source: Hueiyen News Service / Newmai News Network, 15 July 2014

United Naga Council (UNC) has announced to call 24 hours bandh in 'Naga areas' of Manipur from the midnight of July 15 in protest against what it called 'the military strength show' of Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh against the Nagas and also for the immediate implementation of 'Alternative Arrangement' . Read More

Man shot over ransom
Source: The Sangai Express, 17 July 2014
               
Armed youths last night shot the caretaker of a brick field in a suspected case of ransom, barely weeks after a relatively new armed group set aflame the diesel dispensing unit of an oil-pump here also on the issue of ransom, reports our Lamka correspondent Read More

Violence at Nagaland-Assam border
Source: The Shillong Times, 21 July 2014

Heavy exchange of fire broke out on Sunday when suspected extremists from Nagaland allegedly opened fire on security personnel and workers engaged in an anti-encroachment operation in Doldoli Reserve Forest in Assam, leaving three persons injured. “Firing is still continuing by suspected extremists from Nagaland side and three persons have been injured,” Additional Superintendent of Police (Border) Nanda Singh told Read More

24-hr helpline in city to rescue women in distress
The Times of India/ Guwahati, 2August 2014

To curb the rising instances of crime against women, 'We Assamese', a local NGO, has come up with a twenty four hour help line service for women now with a central office in the city Read More

344 illegal weapons seized from BTAD area
Source: The Shillong Times, 5 August 2014

Assam Police and security forces have got hold of total 344 illegal weapons from extremists as well as miscreants from the troubled Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District Council (BTAD) areas in Assam during the period from 2012 to July, 2014. Availability of illegal weapons in the insurgency-ravaged Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District Council (BTAD) areas in Assam has been one of major cause for occurrence Read More

Inadequately armed women cops on night patrolling duty
Source: The Shillong Times, 15 August 2014

While armed women constables are deployed in and around the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly premises when the House is in session to cater to the security of ‘VVIP’ and ‘VIP public servants’, the general public are only provided with lathis-wielding women constables, and that too, in the late evening hours as was evident at Zig Zag and Rilbong on Thursday. Read More

Opp rocks Assam House over girl’s murder by militants
Source: The Shillong Times, 26 August 2014

Opposition MLAs on Monday rocked Assam Assembly over the murder of 16-year-old Priya Basumatary by militants of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Sangbijit faction) in remote Dwimuguri forest village in Chirang district of Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts Read More

Goalpara youths killed in fake encounter, claims GNLA

Source: The Shillong Times, 11 August 2014

The GNLA has denied that two persons who were killed on August 7 in Goalpara were its cadres. The proscribed outfit, however, pointed out that the duo was eliminated in a fake encounter. The encounter took place during a joint operation of 19th Dogra Regiment of Army and Assam police with a group of ‘GNLA extremists’ at Kongkal under Kukurkata outpost under Krishnai Police station in Goalpara district on the wee hours of Thursday. Read More

Assam police forces its way to Arunachal village

Source: The Arunachal Times, 15 August 2014

In a never ending ordeal that’s associated with people living in the boundary areas of Arunachal and Assam, Assam police forcefully entered Kamcham village under Likabali Sub-Division of West Siang district on Tuesday creating fear and chaos among the villagers. Read More

Two more bodies recovered along Assam-Nagaland border
Source: The Shillong Times, 18 August 2014

Two more bodies have been recovered from violence-hit Assam-Nagaland border on Sunday with the toll rising to nine in the violence. “Two more bodies were recovered today taking the toll to nine and all were victims of the first day violence of August 12 in Uriamghat area,” Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) A P Rout told PTI. Read More

NPP women’s wing takes stock of Garo Hills problems

Source: The Shillong Times, 19 August 2014

The National People’s Party (NPP), Women’s Wing recently organized a meet to discuss various issues pertaining to Garo Hills region. The meeting was attended by various party leaders from the State and the district level. Read More

Assam-Nagaland violence: Three killed in firing, curfew imposed
Source: The Sangai Express / Agencies, 22 August 2014

Golaghat/Jorhat, August 21 2014: Three persons were killed and six injured in police firing in Assam's Golaghat town on Wednesday when a mob tried to set ablaze the Deputy Commissioner’s office and a police station and targetted a hospital, after which indefinite curfew was clamped in the Read More

Driver, helper abducted, women gheraos godown
Source: The Sangai Express, 22 August 2014

In protest against the reported abduction of a driver and his helper who were transporting rice for FCI, a group of womenfolk staged a protest demonstration in front of Sangaiprou FCI godown this afternoon. The womenfolk coming from Luwangsangbam demanded suspension of all unloading activities until the whereabouts of the abducted driver and the helper are Read More

Arunachal area left out of India Map
Source: The Arunachal Times, 26 August 2014

The govt of India rejected an August 2013 request by senior officials to correct a serious error, dating back over 50 years, in India's official maps, an Arunachal territory as large as Sikkim or Goa shown as belonging to China.  In effect, this oversight in official maps mistakenly gave China control of two Arunachal Pradesh "fishtails" and continuously inhabited by Indian citizens. Read More

'Repeal AFSPA, Save Sharmila' call reverberates
Source: The Sangai Express, 27 August 2014

Calls to save Irom Sharmila and repeal AFSPA reverberated at a mass rally cum public meeting held today. The mass rally cum public meeting was jointly organised by 27 NGOs. The mass rally taken out under the banner "Torture and inhuman treatment of Irom Sharmila (Repeal AFSPA 1958)" was flagged off from Brahmapur Nahabam Basketball Court. Read More

CPI-(M) cadres accused of raping housewife
Source: The Shillong Times, 12 August 2014

At least three people, including a child, were injured, a woman raped and a vehicle burnt in separate incidents of violence allegedly perpetuated by the ruling CPI-M cadres in Western Tripura on Sunday night. The incident took place in Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s constituency of Read More

AR jawan thrashed for 'indecent' act
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 22 August 2014

Imphal, August 21 2014: A personnel of Assam Rifles who reportedly misbehaved by showing his private part in front of a girls' hostel located inside the DM College campus was severely beaten up by angry students at around 2 pm today. The AR jawan has been identified as R Navin Kumar from Madurai, Tamil Nadu currently posted at AR battalion (Delta-Com) in Tamenglong district. Read More

BJP leader, 5 others arrested for raping minor girl from Assam
Source: The Shillong Times, 23 August 2014

Six persons including a local BJP leader were arrested here in connection with alleged trafficking and rape of a minor girl from Assam, police said on Friday. The accused were caught last evening during a routine checking on Ujjain road when police stopped a car on the basis of suspicion and found a 15-year-old girl in the captivity of four men, City Kotwali Police Station In-charge, Bhupendra Singh said. Read More



EMPOWERING WOMEN FOR PEACE AND DEVLOPMENT IN SOUTH ASIA: FOCUS IN NORTHEAST INDIA
PROJECT UPDATE

1.    One day awareness program for State Security personnel on gender sensitization and peace building in Northeast India was held on 30 July 2014 at Imphal, Manipur
2.    Women Network Meeting under the theme: The Importance and Role of Women in Decision Making Forum and Space: Peace and Development was held in Itanagar District, Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India.
3.    Development of training module/ manual on Women, Peace & Security and Rights education initiated
4.    Thematic Workshop for Project Implementing Staffs on Women in Peace Buiding was conducted on 28 to 31 August at Kolkata, West Bengal, India

5.    For more information visit our webpage http://ewpd.cafi-online.org/ 
 


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