Newsletter for the month of May & June 2016

Friday, August 12, 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 May and June 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


Trade Unions to fight for equal rights of women
Source: The Shillong Times, 2 May 2016

The 127th year of May Day was observed on Sunday by workers and employees of government offices under the banner of Meghalaya Joint Council of Trade Unions and Associations (MJCTU &A) and took pledge to ensure equal rights for women. The association demanded minimum statutory wage of Rs 15000 per month and an equal wage for similar jobs, regularization of casual workers in permanent jobs as well as speedy solutions to all pending cases of workers with Labor Department. Read More

KSU women’s wing concerned over rising crimes against women
Source: The Shillong Times, 7 May 2016

Expressing concern over rising crimes against women, members of the KSU girls’ wing met Home Minister Roshan Warjri on Friday to seek her intervention in the matter. While speaking to reporters, Grace Lanong, president KSU, said, “Stringent laws should be framed against criminals committing crimes against women; they should be sentenced to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment.” Read More

Woman complains of rape by bus driver, conductor
Source: The Shillong Times, 8 May 2016

A 32-year-old woman has complained to police that the driver and conductor of a bus raped her near a highway in Koderman district, following which the conductor was arrested, police said on Saturday. The woman, who was travelling in the bus from Rajouli, got down along with nine other passengers near Maharana Pratap Chowk in Koderma last night, said Superintendent of Police, Kranti Kumar. She had a chat with the bus driver and the conductor who accompanied her to the highway. Read More

 AFSPA to remain in force in 12 ArP dists
Source: The Sangai Express, 12 May 2016

AFSPA will continue to remain in force in 12 districts of Arunachal Pradesh for six more months on the ground of continuous violence, extortion and intimidation by insurgent groups. The Union Home Ministry has said the security scenario in Tirap, Read More

Binalakshmi at New York for UN meet
Source: The Sangai Express,
14 May 2016

Also known as 'Face and Voice of Northeast India' and recipient of International Sean Mcbride Peace Prize and CNN IBN Real Heroes Award, Binalakshmi Nepram who is also first Manipuri woman to address the United Nations, left New Delhi for New York to attend the ongoing United Nations Permanent Forum for indigenous issues held at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Read More

NPMHR presents Nagas' case at UN forum
Source: The Sangai Express
, 19 May 2016

The situation of Nagas was presented on May 17 at the 15th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2016 on "Indigenous Peoples; Conflict, Peace and Resolution" by Neingulo Krome, secretary general, Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) at the United Nations Headquarters at New York. Read More

Fewer women candidates make it to Assam assembly this time
Source: The Shillong Times, 22 May 2016

Eight women candidates have been elected to the new Assam legislative assembly which is six less than the 14 figure in the last House. Women representatives will thus comprise only 6.35 per cent of the 126-member house, lower than the 11.1 per cent in the last assembly. A higher turn out of women was, however, witnessed with 84.81 per cent of the total 92,09,928 female voters exercising their franchise in the just concluded polls. Read More

AFSPA must continue in NE : RSS
Source: The Sangai Express, 23 May 2016

RSS supports continuing the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) to flush out terrorists from J&K, Nagaland, Manipur and other disturbed areas of the northeast, indicating that the Sangh and the ruling BJP are on the same page on this issue of strategic importance. Read More

Missing Manipuri nurse found
Source: The Sangai Express, 27 May 2016

A 24-year-old nurse from Manipur went missing from outside her hostel in west Delhi's Janakpuri area, police said today. The woman was later traced by Delhi police and investigation is underway to find out the detail, said a top ranking police officer from Delhi. Medical examination of the woman is underway, said the police officer. Read More

Naga CM pledge to grant 25 pc reservations to women in ULBs
Source: The Arunachal Times, 2 June 2016

Nagaland Chief Minister, T R Zeliang has asserted that the state government is willing to grant 25 per cent reservation to women through nomination and not election to the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) in the state. “The government will amend the Municipal Council Act 2001 in the state assembly, if the Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) accepts the proposal instead of fighting for 33 per cent Read More

Mom demands justice
Source: The Sangai Express, 7 June 2016

The Court order of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West to grant custody of a two year old boy to his mother was allegedly denied and the mother and her family are now urging right thinking citizens of Manipur to extend support in delivering justice. Read More 

First all India women journalists' workshop held
Source: The Sangai Express, 8 June 2016

Over 250 journalists from 30 States/UTs across the country representing 120 media houses came together on a single platform at the first ever All India Women Journalists' Workshop organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in association with Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in New Delhi today. Read More

9-year-old girl repeated raped by neighbor
Source: The Shillong Times, 9 June 2016

A nine-year-old girl from Ranggira locality in Tura was reportedly raped repeatedly by her neighbour.

According to Childline, Bakdil which reported the matter, local residents on June 4 first suspected that something was amiss after they noticed the victim and one John Ch Marak coming out of the room in which they had kept themselves confined. Read More

Peace convention held at Delhi
Source: The Sangai Express, 14 June 2016

Some concerned citizens of Manipur organised a dialogue for peace and reconciliation on June 11 at Deputy Speaker’s Hall, Constitution Club, New Delhi. The convention reiterated that Manipur is a land of multi-ethnic communities consisting of Meiteis, Nagas, Kukis, Zomis, Gorkhas, Punjabis, Tamil, Marwaries  Read More

 Tripura: Police officer suspended on rape charges
Source: Voice of the Seven Sisters,
15 June 2016

A senior police officer was suspended for raping and torturing a woman, police sources said. The suspended officer, namely Sukhu Debbarma is posted as Assistant Sub Inspector at Bishalgarh Police Station. The sources further added that Sukhu was charged of raping a woman at his quarters for last many days. Read More

Complainant kicks woman inside Court
Source: The Sangai Express,
15 June 2016

A male complainant kicked a woman allegedly in front of the Judge of a Family Court yesterday. Speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club here today, Thokchom (O) Bindu alleged that Moirangthem Conqueror (46) s/o Shamungou of Wangkhei Tokpam Leikai kicked twice before punching her once in front of the Judge of a Family Court at Lamphelpat at around 3 pm yesterday. Read More

 National Policy for Women
Source: The Arunachal Times, 4 June 2016

Amidst increasing cases of violence against women along-with growing demand for gender equality and justice by women’s groups, the Draft National Policy for Women was released by Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi for public comments last month. Notably, this is to guide action for women’s development and welfare for the next 15-20 years replacing the last policy also by the erstwhile Vajpayee-led NDA Government in 2001. Read More

Arunachal Women Helpline
Source: The Arunachal Times, 20 June 2016

Arunachal Women Helpline provides toll free 24 hour’s telecom service to women affected by violence. It gives immediate and emergency response to women affected by violence, assisting women in lodging FIR/NCR/DIR, psycho social support and counseling, legal aid and shelter and medical Read More

 ‘Women amelioration and its emerging issues in Nagaland’
Source: The Morung Express,
21 June 2016

A one day workshop on ‘women amelioration and its emerging issues in Nagaland’ was held at Model Christian College Kohima on June 18 last with Gracy Ayee, State Coordinator of State Resource Centre for Women and Juliana R Medom, Assistant State Coordinator SRCW as resource persons. The program was organized by Department of Sociology MCC Kohima. Read More

Dispute between 35 AR and Kuki women resolved
Source: The Morung Express,
21 June 2016

The incident that occurred on June 21 night regarding lathi charge by troops of 35 Assam Rifles at Hengbung post was due to a misunderstanding and has been clarified by both the parties. A statement issued by General Secretary of Kuki Women’s Union (KWU) of Sadar Hills, Hahat Touthang said the women of Sadar Read More

Educating a girl child is educating a family: Deru
Source: The Arunachal Times, 26 June 2016

When you educate a girl, you educate the whole family’, said MLA Japu Deru after inaugurating a newly constructed government primary school at Duithing; a remote village in West Kameng here on Friday.

Urging parents to enroll their children in school, Japu said that discrimination between boys and girls are a thing of the past. Daughters need to be treated at par with sons and educated accordingly. Read More

NCWA organizes women empowerment seminar
Source: The Morung Express,
29 June 2016

The Nagaland Catholic Women’s Association (NCWA) under the leadership of V. Angela, NCWA president, Florette Sekhose, NCWA General Secretary and other office bearers organized a seminar on women empowerment at Mount Tabor Retreat House, Jotsoma-Kohima from June 25 to 27. Read More



1.      One Day Meeting on Linking Local Level Network Of Assam Women Peace and Security on 18 Mat 2016 at Nagaon Sahid Bhavan, Assam

2.      One Day event on People’s Consultation for Bringing Peace in Manipur on 22 June 2016 at Imphal,Manipur

3.      One Day Meeting on Assam Linking Local Level Network for Women Peace and Security on 27 June 2016 at Bodoland Guest House, Kokrajhar, Assam

4.      One Day Meghalaya Women's Network Meeting on 30 June 2016 at Shillong, Meghalaya 


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