Newsletter for the month of March& April 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Warmgreetings from Control Arms Foundation of India.

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

 The project “Empowering Women for Peace andDevelopment in South Asia: Focus on Northeast India” is spearheaded ControlArms Foundation of India (CAFI) with support from European Union (EU) andWelthungerhilfe (WHH). The programme aims to prevent and respond to crises infragile and conflict-affected situations in North East India and SouthAsia.  The overall project in South Asiawill contribute towards promoting civil society and strengthening women-ledpeace building initiatives for sustainable peace in India, Bangladesh andMyanmar.

 Pleasefind here March and April  2015 issuenewsletter, providing news related to Northeast India on different spheres,keeping women issues as the main motivation and the related issues at thecentre.



Minors’ rape evokes severecondemnation
Source:The Shillong Times, 1 March 2015

Expressingserious concern over the recent rape incident, the Arunachal Pradesh StateCommission for Women (APSCW) has vehemently condemned the alleged rape of twominor girls at Seppa in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. Suchinhuman, barbaric and shameful acts of the accused reflect the security concernof the women in the society, APSCW said on Saturday. The APSCW ChairpersonMitali Tingkhatra requested the district authorities to expedite theinvestigation process. Read More

Minors abused
Source:The Sangai Express, 2 March 2015

An administrator of aChildren Home in Churachandpur district has been accused of raping around 14minor girl inmates for over two years. The incident came to light after two15-year-old girl inmates of North Eastern Children Home (NECH) lodged separatewritten complaints at women police station, Churachandpur on February 25 Read More

Capacity building programme on womenleadership
Source:The Arunachal Times, 3 March 2015

 Atwo-day capacity building programme on “Women Leadership and Participation” isbeing organised by Women Studies and Research Centre, RGU in collaboration withRajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Chennai on March3 and 4. Read More

Encounter in Tousem
Source:The Sangai Express, 3 March 2015 

An underground cadre diedin an encounter between a combined team of 27 Assam Rifles and 13 Assam Riflesand suspected cadres of ZUF and NSCN (K) at Aben village under Tousemsub-division in Tamenglong district. The security team recovered one riflealong with 400 rounds of ammunition, said a source. Read More

Home Ministry opposes AFSPA repeal
Source:The Sangai Express / Press Trust of India, 4 March 2015

Thecontroversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) will stay as Union HomeMinistry has rejected an official Committee's recommendation for repeal of theAct. A senior Home Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, saidthat a recommendation for rejection of BP Jeevan Reddy Committee report hasbeen sent to the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime MinisterNarendra Modi   Read More

IED recovered
Source:The Sangai Express, 4 March 2015

Troopsof Red Shield Division recovered an IED at Kwakta Khunou yesterday. Based on aninput provided by villagers, troops of Red Shield Division raided the house ofone Mansoor Ali of the village and recovered the explosive, said a pressrelease issued by PRO (DW) Read More

IBI rapes woman in Dmu; organizationscondemn
Source:Nagaland Post, 4 March 2015

In a delayed report, a Naga woman was raped repeatedly at different locations bya non-Naga identified as one Syed Sirf Khan in Dimapur on February 24 night.According to reports, the victim was reportedly called out by one of her knownNaga male friend on the pretext of taking her out. After taking the victim outin a car, the accomplice along with the accused Sayed, who is married to a Nagawoman, stopped at Super Market area and bought some drinks. Later, theaccomplice on the pretext of meeting one of his friends left the duo behind atSuper Market area.
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Girl raped by non-local ; Dimapurerupts in protest, condemns
Source:The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network, 5 March 2015

Thepeople of Dimapur today went up in arms over the reported rape of a Naga girlby a man suspected to be an Illegal Bangladeshi Immigrant (IBI). Thousands ofpeople including students from various schools and colleges protested in thestreets of Dimapur since this morning demanding that the rapist identified asone Farid Khan, a 35 year-old businessman, be handed over. Read More

Protest against Feb 24 rapes rattlesDimapur city
Source:Nagaland Post, 5 March 2015

Normallife was thrown out of gear in Dimapur City after shops and businessestablishments (except pharmacies) downed shutters when thousands of peopleheld protest rallies and marched to the office of the Deputy CommissionerDimapur to demand the most stringent of punishments against the accused- SyedSirf Khan (an Illegal Bangladeshi Immigrant) involved in the February 24 rapeon a Naga college girl. Read More

UNC, Naga women appeal
Source:Hueiyen News Service, 5 March 2015

UnitedNaga Council (UNC) and Naga Women Union (NWU) Wednesday appealed all partiesinvolved in the Thiwa issue to peacefully resolve the matter, said a report byThe Hornbill Express. In a joint press release, UNC President Gaidon Kamei andNWU President LM Tabitha stated that the situation in Thiwa Village is of"serious concern to the Naga people as it carries the potentials ofhindering traditional values of peaceful co-existence within Naga family" Read More

CS advocates equal opportunity forwomen
Source:Nagaland Post, 5 March 2015

Alongwith the rest of the world, Nagaland has observed the International Women’s dayon 4th March 2015 at the Secretariat conference hall Kohima. The programme wasjointly organised by the State Resource centre for women, Nagaland, Departmentof Social Welfare, Nagaland State Social Welfare Board and Department of WomenResource Development. Gracing the occasion of the observance of the Women’sDay, Chief Secretary, Pankaj Kumar, said that there has been radical change inthe modern society where there has evolved the new meaning, new roles for womenin human   Read More

IED awareness
Source:The Sangai Express, 5 March 2015

12Bihar Regiment and Imphal West district police commando unit jointly organisedan awareness programme to educate police personnel on detection of IED and itssafe disposal at Imphal West commando complex today. The awareness programmeassumed significance as the State has witnessed various incidents of plantingand explosion of IEDs in the past couple of months. Read More

Arunachal celebrates InternationalWomen’s Day
Source:The Arunachal Times, 8 March 2015

The Arunachal PradeshWomen’s Welfare Society (APPWS) and Arunachal Pradesh State Legal ServicesAuthority (APSLSA) Yupia today conducted a programme on women rights to markthe International Women’s Day with the support of the Directorate of Women& Child Development, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh. The programme was attendedby a huge number of women participants. Read More


NE women join hands in solidarity
Source: The Morung Express, 9 March2015

Indigenous women groups ofthe North East held a solidarity march in Diphu town today to commemorateInternational Women’s Day 2015. The event was organised in conjunction withKarbi Nimso Chingthur Asong (KNCA), Karbi So-Arlo Kirsan Asong (KSKA), HillsState Democratic Women Front (HSDWF) and All India Progressive Women’sAssociation (AIPWA). On the occasion, the Assam Mohila Sachetan Mancha (AMSM),based in Kakopathar (Tinsukia), extended its solidarity with all indigenouswomen’s groups, democratic and human rights organisations who are strugglingfor rights and dignity of women in North East India. Read More

Dimapur slowly limps back to normalcy
Source: The Sangai Express / PressTrust of India, 11 March 2015

Normalcy on Tuesdayreturned to Dimapur town with authorities lifting prohibitory orders imposed inthe town in the wake of lynching of a rape accused. However, Internet and SMSservices continued to be blocked. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPChave been lifted from Dimapur town from 6 am till 4 pm , DIG (Range, NAP)Liremo Lotha, who is officiating as Dimapur SP in the wake of the suspension ofthe SP after the lynching incident, said. Read More

‘Empower women to bring equality insociety’
Source: The Arunachal Times, 10 March2015

Women empowerment is thekey to bring equality in the society, said Arunachal Pradesh State Commissionfor Women (APSCW) Chairperson Mitali Tingkhatra. More women leadership in thebusiness and in the field of art, culture and sports will have positive impactin the society, opined Mitali opined while addressing a mammoth gathering atRijo ground Daporijo during a programme organized to celebrate theInternational Women’s Day. Read More

 3 killed, 21 hurt in blast atcommercial hub
Source: The Sangai Express, 12 March 2015

At least three persons werekilled at the spot and 21 others injured when a powerful bomb exploded insidethe crowded temporary market shed of Khwairamband Keithel here this evening.Reports culled from the spot said a powerful bomb, suspected to be an IED,exploded at around 5.55 pm at chicken centres inside the temporary market shedof Khwairamband Keithel. Most of the victims were labourers, poultry tradersand vegetable vendors. Read More

Founder of children home in custodyfor rape of minor residents
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 12 March 2015

A middle-aged man who runsa children home in Rengkai Bethlehem Veng in Churachandpur was arrested bypolice after complaints by two minor girls who were residents of the home thatthey were raped by him. According to the statements provided by the victims,who are both students of Class X and aged around 15 years, Timothy L Changsang,the founder of the children home, subjected them to physical assaults andintimidations to malign their characters in order to shut them up. Read More

MASLSA observes International Women'sDay
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 12 March2015

Manipur State LegalServices Authority (MASLSA) in collaboration with Folksy Triumph, IndigenousPerspec-tives(IP), Gender Develop-ment Initiative(GENDI) observed InternationalWomen's Day at South Lousing Hill, Chingnungkhok. The programme included aseries of events including an ongoing Awareness programme, poster campaigns,awareness cycle rally, music concert and activities for young children. Read More

Dimapur lynching case : Nagaland Govtreport claims no rape
Source: The Sangai Express / Agencies, 12 March 2015

The Union Home Ministryreceived a report from Nagaland Government claiming that the deceased, SyedSarif Khan, did not rape the sexual assault survivor and that the sex betweenhim and the victim was consensual. The accused paid Rs 5000 to the victim aftertwo sexual encounters, the report says. The report says this conclusion isbased on the statement of the deceased before he was lynched. Read More

Condemnations galore against blast 48hr gen strike on
Source: The Sangai Express, 13 March 2015

The All Manipur MinoritiesStudents' Union (AMMSU) has announced a 48-hour State-wide general strikebeginning from this (Thursday) midnight in connection with the killing of astudent, Salman Khan in the blast that occurred at the crowded Khwairamband Keithelyesterday. Addressing a press meet today at Manipur Press Club, president ofAMMSU Sahid Nawaz Khan said that Ipham Salman Khan (20) of Kshetri AwangLeikai, a BA second semester student of Modern College was among the victimskilled in yesterday's blast at Khwairamband Keithel. Read More

Womenfolk urged to initiate change
Source: Nagaland Post, 16 March 2015

Womenfolk were asked to beinitiators of change in a society which was experiencing “revolution of risingexpectations” so as to build a better future for the younger generation.Speaking as the chief guest at the golden jubilee celebration of Ao TemolungtsurTelungjem Mokokchung Town (ATTMT) of Mopungchuket on March 14 MLA Dr.Imtiwabang Aier urged women to be the “changing force” and bring about positivechanges starting from their own kitchen. Read More

Women rally against 'eviction drive'
Source: The Sangai Express, 18 March 2015

Khwairamband Keithel PhambiImasing along with NHF, Manipur and Road Side Vendors Welfare Association todaystaged a mass rally against the destruction of Khwairamband temporary marketshed by the Imphal Municipal Council (IMC) . The mass rally kick started fromthe temporary market shed and the rallyists went to meet the Chief Minister,but teams police led by DSP of police commandos Krishna Tombi, City police OCSudhir, Bazar unit commando OC Pao stopped the protesters at the
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Woman shot dead by grandson onsuspicion of witchcraft
Source: The Shillong Times, 18 March 2015

A 60-year-old woman wasshot dead allegedly by her grandson in a remote tribal hamlet in the state’sDhalai district on the suspicion that she practiced witchcraft, police saidtoday.

Managal Debbarma (22), agrandson of the deceased, shot her dead from point blank range by a countrymade gun last night at Shyambaicherra, about 20 kms from Kamalpur, asubdivisional town, Investigating Officer Subhrangshu Bhattacharya said. Read More

Women vendors fast
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 18 March2015

Women vendors ofKhwairamband Keithel kicked off their 'Fast' from 4pm on Tuesday against thefailure of the State Government to fulfill their demands. The demands includeinstallation of CCTV cameras within 5 days; to find whereabouts of oneshopkeeper 'Anil' and book the culprits; making of temporary market areaparking zone in women's vending zone, said a press release issued by Road SideVendors Welfare Association President, Ksh Tama.  Read More

Woman commits suicide
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 19 March 2015

A newly married woman wasfound hanging from a tree inside the courtyard of her husband's residenceWednesday morning. Sources said it was suspected to be a case of suicide. Thevictim has been identified as one Moirangthem Umabati Devi (24), wife of M Apakof Napet maning Leikai under Lamlai Police Station in Imphal East. Read More

Woman succumbs to burn injuries; foulplay suspected
Source: The Shillong Times, 19 March 2015

A woman succumbed to herburn injuries which she sustained after allegedly setting herself ablaze bypouring kerosene on the night of February 12. However, family members of thewoman suspect that it is the handiwork of her husband who allegedly did not enjoyan ideal relation with her. Read More

Two women burnt alive in Tripura
Source: The Shillong Times, 19 March 2015

Two women of a family wereburnt alive in a house at Fakhir Mura area under Bishalgarh police station ofWest Tripura in a pre-dawn fire accident on Wednesday. Police suspected that itis a handiwork of the house owner Bishnu Das who is absconding after theincident. The victims are the wife and mother-in-law of the accused. Read More

4 women injured in attack by bandhsupporters
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 24 March 2015

Four women were injuredafter bandh supporters attacked them near Yairipok Azad High School in Thoubaldistrict around 7 p.m.on Sunday. The bandh was called by the Joint ActionCommittee (JAC) against the killing of Md Lukman from 6 am. The four weretravelling on a Winger van when a group of bandh supporters pelted stones onthe van and even tried to set the vehicle on fire. The four were returning homefrom Kyamgei Maning Leikai after dropping a woman. Read More

Don Bosco College lecturer found dead
Source: The Arunachal Times, 25 March 2015

The dead body of DilipThatal, a political science lecturer of Don Bosco College, Jullang was foundyesterday from Chiputa area near Doimukh. The 29 year old Thatal, son of apolice constable had gone missing on Sunday. His body was discovered byvillagers from the banks of river Pare at Chiputa.  Read More

Rape accused convicted under POCSOA;gets 10 yrs
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 25 March 2015

A rape accused wasconvicted and awarded 10 years of rigorous imprisonment on Tuesday by a courthere under section 354 IPC and section 6 of Protection of Children from SexualOffences Act (POCSOA)

A Guneshwar Sharma, SpecialJudge (POCSO), Manipur East announced the quantum of sentence for Golmei aliasBoy (29), son of late Pantiphun Golmei of Ramji Khun, Tera Makha in ImphalWest, with the landmark sentence being the first ever to be given to a rapistunder POCSOA in Manipur. Read More

CM bats for peace, security for women
Source: The Sangai Express, 26 March 2015

Chief Minister O Ibobi hasassured to provide possible assistance and security to women and children ofthe State affected by insurgency and counter-insurgency activities. He wasspeaking at the inaugural session of the 1st NEI Women Peace Congregationorganised jointly by Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) and Manipur GunSurvivors Network in collaboration with NEI Women Initiative for Peace today atImphal Hotel. Read More

Wokha bomb blast seriously injuredthree women, one nine-month old baby
Source: Oken Jeet Sandham / NEPS *, 27 March 2015

Another bomb blast thismorning at the heart of Wokha Town has inflicted injuries to three women andone nine-month old baby boy. The bomb, which was reportedly placed near a shopat the PWD Junction, Wokha Town by two unidentified men who came in a bike thismorning, went off at about 9 AM, injuring three women and one nine-month oldbaby boy. Read More

Arunachalee woman sets out on fourthconquest of Everest
Source: The Shillong Times, 29 March 2015

Arunachalee everester AnshuJamsenpa is all set to climb Mount Everest, for the fourth time early nextmonth. She is likely to leave Arunachal on April 4 next for the Everest missionand would reach the Kathmandu base by April 6. Her expedition is expected to becompleted in the last week of May next.

Jamshenpa, who holds therecord of being the only mother in the world to have scaled the Mount Everesttwice in 10 days during 2011, scaled the peak again on May 18, 2013 for thethird time. Read More

ANSU declares 24 hours Capital bandh,demands Byaling’s resignation
Source: The Arunachal Times, 29 March2015

Agitated with the stategovernment’s adamant stand on the pre-paid meter issue, All Nyishi Students’Union (ANSU) today declared 24 hours Capital bandh as the second phase of itsagitation. However, ANSU did not disclose the date of bandh. With this standoffbetween ANSU and the state government continued, the union maintained that itwould launch rigorous movement until the state government addressed its demand.Read More

Girl abandoned in critical condition
Source: The Shillong Times, 30 March 2015

A 15-year-old girl wasfound lying unconscious with serious injuries inside a drain at Mulum villagein West Jaintia Hills on Saturday midnight. Police sources informed that thegirl’s mother lodged a complaint in this regard on Sunday morning and thevictim was referred from Jowai Civil Hospital, Ialong to NEIGRIHMS for furthertreatment. Read More

Instances of rape, molestation on therise in M’laya
Source: The Shillong Times, 31 March 2015

There seems to be norespite in instances of crimes against the fairer sex in matrilineal Meghalayawith several cases of sexual assault and molestation being reported from acrossthe state. In the latest such case, unidentified miscreant allegedly assaultedand raped a minor girl at Mullum village in West Jaintia Hills on March 29after midnight. Read More

Condemnations against March 29 murder
Source: Nagaland Post, 31 March 2015

VSU: Viswema Student’sUnion (VSU) has condemned the heinous and brutal murder of late Tepumecie(Meciebo) Lcho by some unknown miscreants on the March 29. VSU has demanded thelaw enforcing agencies to nap the culprits at the earliest and penalize themwith befitting punishment. The union has also extended its deepest sympathy andcondolences to the bereaved family. Read More

Killed in gun battle
Source: The Sangai Express, 1 April2015

A fierce gun battle brokeout between Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) and NSCN-IM at Taosang Khunou inTamenglong yesterday. The encounter broke out when ZUF cadres came acrossNSCN-IM cadres during a regular round of patrolling in the area. One NSCN-IMcadre Joshua Thangal was killed and the dead body was attended by the villagersof Taosang Khunou, claimed a press release issued by ZUF information andpublicity secretary L Longmei. Read More

Manipur activist bags Femina WomenAward
Source: The Shillong Times, 1 April 2015

Noted civil right activistMs. Binalakshmi Nepram from Manipur has been awarded the prestigious L’OréalParis Femina Women Awards for this year in the category of “Face of a Cause”.

She is the first from NorthEast who has ever won such a prestigious award. Receiving the award recently ina glittering function at Mumbai Nepram, said, “In honouring me, Femina hashonoured the women of Manipur and North East India”. Read More

GNLA commander killed in encounter
Source: The Shillong Times, 1 April 2015

East Garo Hills Police onTuesday morning shot dead a senior commander of the GNLA who was behind thekilling of a woman in cold blood in Chokpot last year and recovered a weaponwhile another group of militants from the same outfit triggered a powerful IEDblast on a passing BSF convoy in West Garo Hills narrowly missing the vehiclein what is believed to be retaliation for the death of their Read More

10 killed, 24 injured
Source: Hueiyen News Service, 2 April2015

Ten people were killed inincidents of bomb blast and encounter in Manipur in March this year, which alsorecorded at least 39 cadres belonging to different underground groups havingarrested by security forces. A total of five blast incidents occurred in theState in March alone while four encounters between security forces andunderground outfits were recorded in Tamenglong and UKhrul districts.Twenty-four civilians were also injured in the blast incidents. Read More

Child rights body demands justice forMullum girl
Source: The Shillong Times, 3 April 2015

The State Commission forProtection of Child Rights (SCPCR) has called for a thorough investigation intothe sexual assault of a minor girl from Mullum village West Jaintia Hillsleading to her death.

The girl, who was allegedlyassaulted and raped by unidentified miscreants, succumbed to her injuries in acity hospital on Tuesday night. Read More

First and only Naga woman MP, Ranolaid to rest
Source: Nagaland Post, 3 April 2015

Thousand mourners attendedthe funeral service of Rano Mese Shaiza, the first and only Naga woman MP, atUra Academy hall, Kohima, on Thursday. Shaiza was 86. She passed away on April1 at Kohima after brief illness. Rev. Candid Sareo, who spoke on behalf ofTangkhul churches and Hoho, described Rano as a good mother, wife, mentor andgood teacher. Read More

Rape accused
Source: The Sangai Express, 3 April 2015

An under trial rape accusedwho is on bail has reportedly joined the Manipur Police as an Assistant SubInspector and is currently undergoing police training at Manipur PoliceTraining Academy, Pangei. Family of the rape victim in a press meet at Tarungtoday condemned the authorities concerned for allowing a rape accused againstwhom a case is pending to join the police training course. Read More

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