Newsletter January and February 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016

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 January and February 2016 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



Minor girl raped; 12-hr Bhandari bandh on Jan 4

Source: The Nagaland Post, 2 January 2016

A 9-year old girl was allegedly raped by two persons on Saturday morning under Bhandari jurisdiction.

In protest against the incident, Lotha Lower Range Public Organization (LLRPO) Bhandari has called for a 12-hour bandh on January 4 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., LLRPO general secretary, R Kemerio Yanthan informed in a press release. Read More


Elderly woman killed; JTYO protest

Source: The Nagaland Post, 2 January 2016

Shops and business establishments including vehicular movement in Jalukie town came to a halt for several hours when protestors clamped a total shutdown after the badly mauled dead body of an elderly woman from Mpai village was discovered Saturday. According to reports, the victim suffered deep cuts on the head and probably succumbed to injuries early Saturday morning. Read More


Women to constitute 33 per cent of constables in paramilitary

Source: The Arunachal Times, 6 January 2016

Women will soon account for 33 per cent of constable-rank personnel in paramilitary CRPF and CISF and 15 per cent in the border guarding forces BSF, SSB and ITBP. These forces together comprise of around nine lakh personnel of whom only around 20,000 are women now. The 33 per cent reservation in constable level p sts in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and 14-15 Read More


Minor girl working as domestic helper rescued

Source: The Arunachal Times, 8 January 2016

 An eight year old girl, working as a domestic helper, was rescued from the house of one Talom Taloh of Mirsam, Pasighat on January 5 last. The girl was found in a critical condition outside the house.

The rescue mission was carried out jointly by East Siang district administration and members of Women Against Social Evils. Read More


'Mother Where's My Country' launched

Source: The Sangai Express, 17 January 2016

 'Mother Where's My Country' written by award-winning journalist and also the CNN-IBN Executive Editor and prime time news anchor Anubha Bhonsle was launched today at the Manipur Press Club, Imphal after it was launched in New Delhi last week. Read More


Crimes against people from NE spurt by over 200 percent

Source: The Sangai Express, 18 January 2016

 Reported incidents of crime against people from North East living in the National capital have increased by around 232.58 per cent in two years. While 89 FIRs in connection with criminal offences against people from North East States were registered in 2013, as many as 280 were lodged in the year that followed and 296 in 2015, according to police records. Read More


Women's body

Source: The Sangai Express, 21 January 2016

 Poirei Leimarol Meira Paibi Apunba Manipur has urged the State Government to resolve the issue arising out of its plan to provide temporary vending space to the displaced women vendors of Ima Keithel at Thangal bazar at the earliest. Read More


Training for women prisoners

Source: The Sangai Express, 21 January 2016

 A six-month training programme on embroidery and tailoring for women prisoners, organised by Manipur State Women ' s Development Corporation and Manipur Central Jail, has kick started at Manipur Central Jail today. Social Welfare Minister AK Mirabai said that the training programme was conducted to make the women prisoners self reliant when they complete their sentence. Read More


Five-day workshop on 'Occupational health hazards of farm women' begins

Source: The Sangai Express, 23 January 2016

A five-day long workshop on 'Occupational Health Hazards of The Farm Women' began today at Samaram GP, Panchayat Ghar, Thoubal under the project 'Innovative intervention for minimizing the occupational health hazards of the farm women in Thoubal District', our correspondent  Read More


Bomb explodes, none injured

Source: The Sangai Express, 28 January 2016

 Unknown miscreants exploded a bomb at the residence of Sinam Dijen (47) s/o Kuba of Yaiskul Sougaijam Leirak Nambul Mapal under Imphal police station at around 7.30 pm today. Dijen is said to be a contractor of Government's PMGSY scheme. According to information culled from the spot, the bomb is suspected to be an IED and nobody was injured in the incident. Read More


6 years later, the admission 'Yes, I shot him dead, he was unarmed, officer told me to'

BT Road killing of July 23, 2009

Source: The Sangai Express / Courtesy - The Indian Express Esha Roy, 28 January 2016

 In a startling admission, the first since his suspension over an alleged fake encounter in Imphal more than six years ago, Thounaojam Herojit Singh, a Manipur police Head Constable and a gallantry award recipient, has said he shot 22- year-old Chungkham Sanjit Meitei, a suspected member of the insurgent group People's Liberation Army (PLA), who was "not armed" when he was killed in July 2009. "Yes, I shot him. Read More


Mother and Child Health +A, Mission Indradhanush awareness campaign concludes

Source: The Sangai Express, 30 January 2016

 The awareness campaign on Mother and Child Health +A (Adolescence) and Mission Indradhanush (MCH and MI) which was launched by the Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP) Regional Office, Nagaland and Manipur at various areas concluded today at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound, Imphal. Read More


Whose bullet killed Rabina? Rabina's husband still clueless

Source: The Sangai Express, 31 January 2016

 On July 23, 2009, he lost his wife and their 7 months old unborn child in a firing incident allegedly be-tween Manipur Police Com- mandos and militants at the crowded streets of Khwai-ramband bazar. Six years from the incident, the husband has no clue whose bullet hit and killed his wife. Read More

Gender Equality and Child Rights

Source: The Arunachal Times, 2 February 2016

 A 3 day Policy Conclave on Gender Equality and Child Rights was organised by the LBSNAA, Mussorie, National Gender Centre, in collaboration with the UNICEF and UN WOMEN, Delhi, from Jan 28-30. The event which brought together academicians, civil societies, representatives from the state and the Central Government to deliberate on realization of child rights, gender equality Read More


Women post office at Singjamei

Source: The Sangai Express, 4 February 2016

 Vinod Kumar, Director (Posts) Manipur dedicated an all women post office, Singjamei Sub office to the people of Manipur with all ladies staff members including Post master. The Director congratulated the postmaster GA Memi Devi and other staff members on this historical occasion. This Sub Post Office serves postal and financial requirements of large number of people, among them majority Read More


NBCC flays rape on minor by policeman

Source: The Nagaland Post, 2 February 2016

 Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) has vehemently condemned the rape of a minor girl (16) on January 30, who also happened to be a staff girl of the council. NBCC in a press release said that one Issac Rengma son of Juha Semy of Kandinu village, a police personnel in full uniform, committed the crime in broad daylight upon the “mentally underdeveloped minor girl”. Read More


TSU condemns assault on woman

Source: The Nagaland Post, 4 February 2016

 Tikhir Students’ Union (TSU) has vehemently condemned the alleged brutal assault on a woman by “miscreants” when she was shopping in the heart of Shamator town on Wednesday. In a press release, TSU general secretary Temong Y Tikhir and joint secretary, Visuthong T alleged that despite government notifications and deployment of security at Shamator sub-division, some Yimchungers were harassing innocent people including women folks. Read More


Man rapes woman with police ‘help’

Source: The Shillong Times, 4 February 2016

Police have failed to arrest one James who allegedly raped a woman, who was interestingly asked to accompany the accused by a man in uniform at Iewduh. According to police, the incident happened on January 30 evening when an unidentified miscreant snatched Rs. 450 from  the women at Police Bazar and fled toward Iewduh. Read More


Torture forced minor girl to commit suicide

Source: The Shillong Times, 7 February 2016

 In a new twist to the suicide of a minor girl on January 26 at Barapathar, the mother of the victim in her FIR alleged torture by a person, who had an affair with the girl, led her to take the extreme step. As per the complaint lodged by the mother of the victim on Saturday, on January  26  at around 5.30 pm, her daughter (16) committed suicide, but later, the complainant came to know that her daughter Read More

 ATWO appeals for quality construction

Source: The Sangai Express, 6 February 2016

 The All Tribal Women's Organisation (ATWO), Chandel has today warned of blocking the district Headquarters road indefinitely in case the construction work is not completed within February, reports our correspondent. Speaking to media persons, ATWO president Lalam Mate said that repairing work of Chandel district Hqs -Pallel road has been initiated after repeated appeal. Read More


20 year old 'gang-raped'

Source: The Sangai Express, 8 February 2016

 A 20 year old girl who was led out on the pretext of elopement was allegedly gang-raped by three men at Ngairangbam, Imphal West district under Patsoi police station last night. The bestial act of gang-rape came to light when cries and wailing of a girl were heard from a paddy field near SK Ideal High School, Ngairangbam at around 11.30 pm, informed a source. Read More


Couple shot dead near Kiphire

Source: The Nagaland Post, 8 February 2016

 In a shocking incident, unidentified gunmen sprayed bullets and killed a couple travelling by a Mahindra Bolero at a place near Yayi bridge while on way to Kiphire from Shamator Saturday at around 6 p.m.

According to a delayed report, the husband and wife couple were identified as T. Alemba Sangtam and Naro. While Alemba was a teacher at GMS ‘B’ Kiphire, his wife, Narola was a nurse at Singrep village. According to information, the couple were parents of four children. Read More


Girl consumes poison, dies

Source: The Sangai Express, 9 February 2016

 An 18-year old girl passed away at RIMS yesterday after consuming some toxic substance. The girl from Lilong Chingkham Makha reportedly consumed a toxic substance on January 27.She was found in an unconscious state by her family members outside the house and was immediately rushed to RIMS for

treatment.  Read More


Minor raped at Ruksin, accused arrested

The Arunachal Times, 12 February 2016

 In yet another shocking incident, a minor girl of 10 years old was reportedly raped at Ruksin in East Siang district, January last. However, the incident came to light only after victim’s family lodged a complaint against the alleged accused Tom Taki(32) of Lingka Village under Ruksin alleging him of raping the minor girl on fateful night of January 23. Read More


Minor allegedly raped

Source: The Sangai Express, 17 February 2016

 A six-year-old minor girl has been allegedly raped by a 14-year-old boy at a village in Bishnupur district last night. The Rongmei Lu Phuam (A,M and N) has strongly condemned the rape of the minor. The girl went missing from the house of one of her relatives at around 6 pm, said a source. Even as her relatives were searching for her, the girl returned home in an extremely terrified state after around Read More

 Study on low representation of NE women

Source: Assam Tribune, 17 February 2016

Denial of tickets to contest elections by political parties and the attempt to sideline women by leaders of traditional institutions are among the reasons for the low representation of women in decision-making bodies. This forms one of the major findings of a recent field-based study carried out in Nagaland, Meghalaya and the hill districts of Assam by the city based think-tank, Centre for Development and Peace Studies (CDPS), a press release stated. Read More


Students rue poor state of Government Women College

Source: The Arunachal Times, 18 February 2016

 Poor infrastructure has been plaguing the lone Government Women College of the state in Lekhi Village, Naharlagun since the past two years. The college has been deprived of basic facilities like proper sanitation, road, electricity connection, classrooms, library besides, absence of boundary, furniture and bus, said the College Students’ Union General Secretary Soni Kipa in a release today. Read More


3 including 2 women shot in restaurant

Source: The Sangai Express, 20 February 2016

 Three persons wife of a restaurant owner and two customers, sustained bullet injuries when unidentified gunmen opened fire at them today at a restaurant located at Khurai Angom Leikai Laiching Chingkhong under Lamlai PS in Imphal East district. Reports culled from the spot said that three youths who went in an Activa Honda opened gun fire at a youth inside Ningthibi Restaurant today around 11.30 am. Read Mores


Women comprise only 4 per cent of State’s police force

Source: The Sangai Express, 24 February 2016

 At a time when crime against women is on the rise across the State, a North East Network (NEN) report titled, “Rough Roads to Equality-Women Police in Meghalaya” revealed that there are no women police stations in four new districts–East Jaintia Hills, South West Khasi Hills, South West Garo Hills and North Garo Hills-of Meghalaya. The report which was released by Additional Chief Secretary KS Kropha here on Tuesday stated that Meghalaya Police has failed to maintain gender diversity in its ranks. Read More




1.      Field visit for interaction meeting with conflict affected widows for livelihood  start  up support at Churachanpur  District

2.      Two  Day Design Development & Prototype Training Weaving on 8th  to 10th  February 2016

3.       Two Day Workshop on UNSCR 1325,Peace Resolution and Basic Rights for Peace Volunteers & Women Networks in Manipur on 16th -17th  February 2016

4.      Two  day Capacity Building and Awareness Workshop on Conflict Resolution, Peace Building and Legal Empowerment and Welfare Schemes for Bishnupur District on 25th -26th  February 2016

5.      Two  day Capacity Building and Awareness Workshop on Conflict Resolution, Peace Building and Legal Empowerment and Welfare Schemes for Imphal District on 29th  February-1st Mach  2016



Note: United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 is an international law unanimously adopted by the Security Council on 31 October 2000 that mandates UN Member States to engage women in all aspects of peace building including ensuring women’s participation on all levels of decision–making on peace and security issues.

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