Newsletter for the month of March & April 2016

Friday, April 8, 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 andDevelopment 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 March and April  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 suffers fatal injuryescaping attempted rape

Source: The Arunachal Times, 2 March 2016

A minor girl suffered serious spinal cord injury while trying to escape from hercaptor, who tried to rape her. The 14-year-old girl is admitted in a Cityhospital. According to OC Women police station C N Bui, the victim had gone to the Nyokum Lapang ground here on the night of February 25 last for celebration of Nyokum festival with a friend where they came in contact with the accused identified as San Sonam Waii and his friend. Read More


State woman spat on, kicked,molested

Source: The Sangai Express /Courtesy Mid-Day, 3 March 2016

A26-year-old girl from Manipur who was assaulted, molested, kicked and draggedby her hair in Santacruz in public, found no sympathy or assistance fromonlookers or even the local police, who ignored her request for an FIR andmerely registered a non-cognisable offence (NC). Even in that complaint, the officeron duty made no mention of molestation, even though she showed him her tornclothes. Read More


NGO calls for recruitment of morewomen police

Source: The Arunachal Times, 2 March 2016

ArunachalCivil Society (ACS) appealed to the State Government to recruit more womenpolice into the Police Department to effectively deal with cases involvingwomen. Though Arunachal is touted as most peaceful among the Northeasternstates, the crime rate in the state involving women and child is increasing dayby day which is a cause of major concern, ACS said in a release. It said thatthe existing force of women police was insufficient to effectively deal withthe cases. Read More


Axis Bank conducts w’shop on women’s self defence

Source: The Nagaland Post, 7 March 2016

Withreports of crime against women showing a disturbing trend in the country, theAxis Bank Dimapur organized a self-defence for women at Dimapur Club on March5. The event was also a organized as part of celebration of “InternationalWomen’s Day”. According to Axis Bank official, the programme was aimed atkeeping women bankers alert as their job Read More


Kolkata NE girl molested inside supermarket, 2 sacked

Source: The Sangai Express / DNA, 8 March 2016

ANorth Eastern girl, residing at Tollygunge in South Kolkata, was molestedinside a supermarket and subjected to racial insults by an employee on Saturdayevening. The victim had gone to the Reliance Fresh store, when one of theshow-room employees tried to molest her and made racial comments on herappearance. Read More

‘Gender inequality biggest challenge’

Source: The Shillong Times, 8 March 2016

Onthe eve of International Women’s day, Chairperson of Meghalaya State Commissionfor Women Theilin Phanbuh has expressed concern over gender inequality which isa burning issue globally as well as in the matrilineal society of Meghalaya aswomen folks demand their rightful place in the Read More

Nagaland celebrates International Women’s Day

Source: The Nagaland Post, 9 March 2016

Nagalandjoined the people around the world Tuesday to mark the International Women’sDay (IWD) 2016, which was celebrated on the campaign theme “pledge for parity”.This year’s IWD campaign is asking everyone both men and women to pledge totake a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly - whether to helpwomen and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender Read More


Poor women representation in politics of Mizoram, Nagaland

Source: The Shillong Times, 9 March 2016

Thoughsocially advanced with high literacy rates, the northeastern states of Nagalandand Mizoram have an unenviable record of women’s representation in theirlegislatures, people in the know said on the occasion of the InternationalWomen’s Day. A full-fledged state since 1963, Nagaland has yet to elect a womanto its legislative assembly. Mizoram got statehood in 1986, but has sinceelected only two women to its legislature. “We Nagas are known for our Read More


‘Women should have equal say in policy making’

Source: The Shillong Times, 9 March 2016

Theannual session of young Indians Meghalaya Chapter and Session on ‘GenderEquality’ was observed on Tuesday with a focus on the theme of InternationalWomen’s Day 2016 of ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for gender equality’.Speaking on the theme, chief guest Theilin Phanbuh, Chairperson, MeghalayaState Commission for Women, said, “When we talk of gender equality we cannotdeny the fact that women in our country have Read More


They missed out on college but not on opportunities ; Two women from NE make it big in business

Source: The Sangai Express /Courtesy Firstpost,13 March 2016

You'dthink that two women in North East India who have only studied till Std X andStd XII won't really have much of a financial future to look forward to. ButMeghalee Bora from Assam and Ng Bimolata Devi from Manipur surprisedthem-selves and everybody else when they turned entrepreneurs, set up factoriesand generated employment for several other people. Read More


Woman allegedly raped in city’s posh area of Laitumkhrah

Source: The Shillong Times, 11 March 2016

Atwenty year old girl was allegedly raped by an unidentified person atLaitumkhrah on the evening of March 4. Police said that as per the complaint,the incident happened on March 4 at 8 pm when the 20 year old girl wasallegedly raped by one unidentified person at her residence at Laitumkhrah,Shillong. Police said the matter is under investigation.


Woman resists eviction drive with self-immolation bid

Source: The Sangai Express, 13 March 2016

Emotionsran high at Shivnagar in Thoubal district as a woman allegedly tried toimmolate herself and her two young kids pouring kerosene on their bodies whilea young widow collapsed as the State Govern-ment officials dismantled houses tomake space for construction of an integrated mega tourist centre at Khongjomwar memorial complex today. Read More


One hurt in police action

Source: The Sangai Express, 14 March 2016

Onewoman was injured as she was hit by a tear gas shell when police tried to driveaway bandh supporters at Namthanjang, Senapati along Imphal-Jiribam highwaythis afternoon. In support of the bandh called by the JAC constituted againstthe arrest of three functionaries of Namthanjang village Church, a large numberof women came out and blocked the highway since morning Read More


Gender based violence and need for change in perspective

Source: The Arunachal Times, 14 March 2016

Evenas we celebrated Women’s Day this March 8 and continued our tirade in favour ofgender equity, women all over the world are struggling hard for their basicrights and safety in their respective homes, neighbourhood, school andworkplace. There is an alarming increase in the number of crimes against womenin recent times in our state too. What is more upsetting is the fact that mostof victims are minor girls. Read More


Training on ‘Economic Empowerment of Women’

Source: The Arunachal Times, 14 March 2016

The Woman & Child Development department, East Siang today conducted trainingon “Economic Empowerment of Women” at Siang Guest House on Tuesday. Deliveringher keynote address, Deputy Director of Woman & Child Development, PE Anguinformed that the government has taken steps for economic development of therural women through implementing various schemes. Read More


‘Time to give women reservation in Panchayati system’

Source: The Morung Express, 16 March 2016

Addressingthe celebration on National Panchayati Day in commemoration of 125th birthanniversary of Dr. BR Ambedkar, SI Jamir, Advisor, Urban Development felt that“in the context of Nagaland, a time has come to give women reservation inPanchayati system and also especially in the systems of towns and cities wheretraditional does not apply much.” Read More

Girl’s body with assault wounds found in city

Source: The Shillong Times, 19 March 2016

Ina shocking incident, the body of a 19-year-old girl, with alleged sexual andphysical assault marks on the body, was recovered from 4½ Mile, Upper Shillong,on Thursday night. According to local residents, on the fateful night thevictim went out of the house to attend to nature’s call and went Read More


18 including 7 women hurt in Chandel land dispute

Source: The Sangai Express, 1April 2016

Atleast 18 people of two villages including seven women were injured when twoneighbouring villages clashed in connection with a land dispute near Chandeldistrict headquarters this morning. Meanwhile, the district administration hasimposed restrictions in the area under CrPC 144 so as to avert any furtheruntoward incident. Read More


Woman raped

Source: The Shillong Times, 1April 2016

Policehave arrested one person for allegedly raping a 40-year-old woman atPhlangwanbroi in East Khasi Hills on Wednesday night. The accused has beenidentified as Io Iawrod. In another incident on March 29 at around 7 pm, oneParul Laskar attempted to rape a 13-year-old girl while she was on her way homefrom school at New Hill, Jowai (WJH).


A scheme for women with very few taker

Source: The Arunachal Times, 4April 2016

Thereare few countable number of claimants under Arunachal Pradesh Victim CompensationScheme 2011 that provides monetary compensation to the victims of any violenceincluding loss of life, rape, acid attack, human trafficking and other crimesagainst women. The scheme came into force on 24th January 2012 when Indu Devi;wife of cart-puller Late Read More


Woman found dead in hotel

Source: The Sangai Express, 3April 2016

Awoman in her early thirties was dead and naked inside a hotel room at around4.30 pm today at Churachandpur. Sources said the woman along with a man hadchecked-in at Hotel Venus around 10.30 am today. The incident came to lightonly when police conducted a search operation in the hotel after a tip-off fromtheir counterparts of other districts. Police source claimed that they arestill in the dark about the details and sequences of the event but confidedthat they received the information from their counterparts. Read More


Rape, molestation cases reported in Meghalaya

Source: The Shillong Times, 5April 2016

Casesof rapes, molestation and abduction continue to take place in the State.One PhrangklinMadur allegedly raped a twenty-year-old girl at Umtngam village in Ri Bhoidistrict. The girl became pregnant and was admitted at Ganesh Das Hospital,Shillong.An FIR in this regard was lodged at Umroi PIC on April 2.In anotherincident, one Dak Singh allegedly assaulted one woman with intention Read More


Rijiju stresses legal awareness for NE women

Source: The Sangai Express /Ninglun Hanghal,8 April 2016

Thetwo day legal awareness program for women from North East States in Delhi isthe right initiative and is expected of the National Women's Commission, saidUnion Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju and added that it hascome at the right time. Read More


Woman allegedly raped twice, complaint filed

Source: The Shillong Times, 9April 2016

Awoman was allegedly raped on two occasions in a remote village in West GaroHills. According to a complaint filed by the victim, one Kithin D Shira hadallegedly raped her on November 17, 2015 and again on November 20, 2015 atMaguapara village in West Garo Hills district.


Girl murdered

Source: The Shillong Times, 10April 2016

Ina gruesome incident, a 15-year-old girl was found murdered at a Mendipatherresidence on Saturday morning. The girl, a resident of Bongaigaon town, Assam,was working as a maid in the residence of one Mehbub Shikdar.


AR gets its first women contingent

Source: The Sangai Express, 16 April 2016

 The 181- year old Assam Rifles (AR) hasinducted the first batch of 100 women from among 212 recruits who were putthrough a yearlong training programme and graduated from the Assam RiflesTraining Centre and School in Nagaland's Shokhuvi on April 6 Read More


S.I. Jamir vouches for women reservation

Source: The Nagaland Post, 18 April 2016

Advisorfor Urban Development Department, S.I. Jamir has said that time has come forwomen reservation in Panchayati system in Nagaland especially in urban areas.He said this while speaking at Dimapur district “National Panchayati Day”observation in commemoration of 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkaron April 16 at Dimapur Deputy Commissioner (DC) conference hall. Read More


Women backbone of society; do away with inferiority complex, says Acharya

Source: The Nagaland Post, 18 April 2016

Nagalandand Assam governor, P.B. Acharya, on Friday urged the womenfolk to come outfrom the inferiority complex as they were the backbone of the society andplayed a pivotal role in making the society strong both spiritually andeconomically. Speaking at the Lotha Women’s Summit at Wokha on April 22, 2016,as chief guest, Acharya said that for the first time an independent Read More


Woman found dead, family cries foul

Source: The Sangai Express, 26April, 2016

Refutingthe claim made by the husband's family in the alleged hanging of a 21-year-oldmarried woman her family refused to accept the body and a scuffle ensuedbetween the two sides at the premises of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences(RIMS) today. Read More


More cases of rape, abduction

Source: The Shillong Times, 27April 2016

Thereseems to be no end to cases of rape and abductions in the state where severalsuch incidents have been reported in the last couple of days. Md. Manob Alilodged a complaint that on April 22, one Md. Safiel Haque attempted to rape agirl in a forest at Teporpara village in South West Garo Hills. However,residents of the area rescued the girl.In another incident, Emalangki Nikhla ofLama Villa, Read More


Awareness camp for women and girlchild

Source: The Arunachal Times, 27 April 2016

Aprogramme on Kishori Shakti Yojana and Protection of Women from DomesticViolence was conducted at Community Hall, Pangin on Monday. A total of 97adolescent girls with 132 anganwadi workers’ and helper’s of Pangin/Riga ICDSProject were present in the meeting. Read More




1.      Capacity BuildingTraining for Women Leaders on Women Rights and Human Rights, Peace Process,Conflict Resolution and Awareness on UNSCR 1325 on 29-30 March 2016,ImphalManipur

2.      One day Linking LocalLevel Network Meeting at Kwasiphai,Bishnupur Distict on 15 April 2016,Manipur

3.      Women Network Meetingat Shillong,Meghalaya on 20 April 2016,Meghalaya

4.      WHH Film Visit to  Manipur for Documentation Work Activities22-25 April 2016

5.      One day Linking LocalLevel Network Meeting at Moirang,Bishnupur Distict on 22 April 2016,Manipur

6.      One Day Women CapacityBuilding on Mitigating Manipur's Conflict, 59 Years of Armed Forces (SpecialPowers) Act 1958 & Its Impact on the Lives of Women and Children in Manipuron 24 April 2016,Imphal Manipur

7.      Responding to GenderBased Violation in North East States of Assam: Forging Strategies Ahead on 27April 2016,Guwahati,Assam


Note: United Nations Security Council Resolution(UNSCR) 1325 is an international law unanimouslyadopted by the Security Council on 31 October 2000 that mandates UN MemberStates to engage women in all aspects of peace building including ensuringwomen’s participation on all levels of decision–making on peace and securityissues.

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