Newsletter for the month of July 2016

Thursday, January 12, 2017

AFSPA renewed for six months inNagaland
Source: The Shillong Times, 2July 2016

TheCentre has renewed for six months its “disturbed area” notification on theentire state of Nagaland, allowing the armed forces power to search, raid andarrest without a warrant under AFSPA. In its notification, the Home Ministrysaid that it is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole of Nagaland“is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition” that the use of armed forcesin aid of the civil power is necessary. Read More

Millions Believed To Be VictimsOf Sex Trafficking In India: US Reports
Source: The Arunachal Times, 2July 2016

Millionsof women and children are believed to be the victims of sex trafficking inIndia, an official US report said on Thursday while noting that India is asource, destination and transit country for people subjected to forced labourand sex trafficking. The State Department in its annual ‘Trafficking in PersonsReport 2016’ has placed in India in Tier-II on a scale from the worst on Tier 3to best on Tier 1. Others South Asian countries in the category were Nepal,Bhutan and Bangladesh. Read More

Dolo concerned at racialdiscrimination
Source: The Arunachal Times, 6July 2016 

Expressingdeep concern at racial discrimination on North East people in mainland India,which he attributed to ignorance and lack of opportunity to know each otherclosely, Deputy Chief Minister Kameng Dolo hoped that the six-day nationalintegration camp being organised by National Youth Project (NYP) at Dera NatungGovt College, Itanagar Read More

Red corner notice to trackabsconding, rape-accused Tripura official
Source: The Shillong Times, 6July 2016

A red corner notice would be served soon to track a senior Tripura governmentofficial who has remained absconding for nine days after allegedly raping awoman, official said here on Tuesday. The Tripura government, immediately aftercoming to know of the incident, suspended the official Panna Ahmed, 44, who wasSub-Divisional Magistrate of Sonamura sub-division of Sepahijala district. Read More

Two including minor allegedlyraped in State
Source: The Shillong Times, 6July 2016 

A15 year old girl was allegedly raped at Marakapara in South West Garo Hillswhile another woman was allegedly raped at Byrnihat in Ri-Bhoi. The minor girlwas allegedly assaulted and raped by one Janithson Sangma on June 30 around 7PM who also asked her to remain silent and threatened her with direconsequences for non compliance. In the other case, the alleged victim lodged acomplaint that on July 1 at about 10 PM one unidentified person had raped herat Rajabagan village under Byrnihat, Ri-Bhoi.

Women Commission raise alarm ontrafficking of Arunachalee women
Source: The Arunachal Times, 7July 2016 

Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women and Child (APSCWC) chairperson MitaliTingkhatra expressed grave concern over growing incidents of human trafficking,especially women and girl child, for sexual exploitation. Many women and young girls from the state, who went outside the state for state sponsored jobs, arefalling prey to sex rackets. Though some of them have returned to the state andare reportedly taking shelter in various shelter houses Read More

Auto driver held while trying toflee with minors
Source: The Nagaland Post, 8 July2016

In a shocking incident, an autorickshaw driver allegedly tried to kidnap threeminor children while the mother was buying vegetables along the roadside onThursday in Dimapur. According to police sources, the mother had hired theautorickshaw (NL 07F-8687) from Aoyimsen to go to Purna Bazaar along with herthree minor children. On the way, the mother stopped the auto at sub-jailjunction to buy some vegetables. While the mother was Read More 

Manipuri woman alleges racism,harassment at Delhi airport's immigration desk
Source: The Sangai Express /Courtesy Hindustan Times, 11 July 2016

A Manipuri woman alleged late on Saturday that an immigration official at Delhi'sIndira Gandhi International Airport hurled racist remarks at her when she wason her way to Seoul for a conference. Monika Khangembam wrote on her Facebookwall that when she went to the immigration desk at IGI around 9 pm on Saturday,an official looked at her passport and said, "Indian toh nahi lagtiho" (you don't look Indian Read More

Man stabs minor girls
Source: The Sangai Express, 12 July 2016

Ina gory incident, a married man allegedly stabbed two minor girls as theyresisted his attempt to rape one of the victims at Khumbong Mayai Leikai underPatsoi police station in Imphal West district today. Police have arrested theaccused identified as Chong-tham Thembung alias Jacki- chand tonight. Takingadvantage of absence of other family members, the man who happens to be arelative of one of the girls tried to rape her at knife-point this afternoon. Read More

Rape accused Tripura official heldin Assam
Source: The Shillong Times, 13July 2016

A senior Tripura government officer, missing and on the run for a fortnight afterrape accusation, was arrested on Tuesday in neighbouring Assam’s Karimganj,police said. “Acting on a tip-off, a Tripura Police team went to Karimganj townand arrested Panna Ahmed, 44, from a house there. He will be brought here andpresented in a court for seeking his police custody,” West Tripura districtpolice chief Abhijit Saptarshi told reporters. Read More

Manipur Gorkhas Attend Peoples convention at Delhi
Source: The Sangai Express, 13July 2016

A delegation of Manipur Gorkha Society, Delhi attend trust building day- longpeople’s convention for a united Manipur People’s Forum for Hills and ValleyPeace and Reconciliation Dialogue at the Deputy Speaker Hal Read More  

Awareness on drug, genderequality
Source: The Arunachal Times, 13July 2016

A five-day campaign to create awareness on ill effects of drug abuse andaddiction among the youths, gender equality and the importance of inter-tribecultural exchange programmes to know each other better were conducted in allblock/centres of education department from July 6 to 10. The emphasis was alsogiven on the preservation of rich cultural heritage of the various tribes.Cultural inter-change programmes were organized to make the elementary studentsaware about each other’s cultural traits and Read More

Immigration officer accused ofharassing woman identified
Source: The Shillong Times, 14July 2016

An immigration officer, who allegedly racially harassed a Manipuri woman, has beenquestioned by intelligence officers after a Home Ministry inquiry identifiedhim as the person who interacted with her in his desk at the IGI airport here.The immigration officer has been identified by investigators after checking theCCTV footage of the immigration area in IGI airport here, a Home Ministry Read More

Police rescue two minor girls
Source: The Arunachal Times, 19July 2016

East Siang Police under ‘Operation Smile’ has rescued a minor girl of Rani Village,who was abducted by a non-Arunacalee youth on July 3. The police, followingspecific information, rescued the 15-year-old girl from Guwahati and thealleged accused has been arrested and put in jail. Police circulated messagesto various police stations about the missing girl and finally got informationabout whereabouts Read More

Rape accused blames family forchanging date of birth
Source: The Shillong Times, 16July 2016

A rape accused, who allegedly changed his date of birth to claim that he was aminor to escape punishment, maintained in his fresh affidavit that it was hisfamily members who procured the driving license by giving fictitious date ofbirth of 3/6/1992 instead of 3/6/, 1997. However, this was contradicted by thelatest record of the Transport department which indicated that the accusedhimself renewed the learner’s driving license. Read More

STHT condemns rape on minor
Source: The Nagaland Post, 19July 2016

Sumi Totimi Hoho Thilixu (STHT) has strongly condemned the inhuman act of Aketo Ayefor sexually abusing and exploiting a minor girl of 8 years. The Hoho in apress statement said that Aketo’s action had violated the dignity and damagedthe sense of security of an innocent child. In this regard, STHT has declared“zero tolerance” against such act on minors and also condemned all forms sexexploitation on children and women. Read More 

MLA alleges racial discrimination
Source: The Shillong Times, 20July 2016

In an alleged case of racial discrimination, a representative of the Mahindra andMahindra Finance Service Limited in city rejected a letter of undertaking ofSouth Tura MLA John Leslee Sangma, who wanted to be a guarantor of an applicantfor buying a vehicle because he is a Garo. The incident happened recently, whenone person who is close to the legislator wanted to buy a vehicle from StanleyRoy showroom in Mawlai. Read More

Rape victim’s hair allegedly cutoff
Source: The Shillong Times, 20July 2016

A fourteen year old girl was allegedly raped by one person in a village in EastKhasi Hills last year.

As per a complaint lodged recently, one Stogen Lyngrah (24) allegedly raped theminor girl at Kshaid Khadar Shnong village in East Khasi Hills on December 31,2015 around 9 AM. On March 3, 2016, Linda Mary Lyngdoh, wife of the accused,allegedly came to the victim’s house and cut off her hairs. Police said theyhave registered a case and were investigating the matter.

'No instance of racism' Manipurigirl ‘misunderstood’: Inquiry panel
Source: The Sangai Express /Courtesy Indian Express,21 July 2016

Daysafter Manipuri woman, Monika Khangembam, alleged facing racism at Delhi'sIndira Gandhi International airport, an internal enquiry panel has found outthat the official in question asked only 'general questions' . Khangembam hadalleged that the immigration officer had questioned her Nationality multipletimes while she was on her way to Seoul for a conference. Read More

Naga youth dies in train mishapin Mumbai
Source: The Nagaland Post, 25July 2016

A Naga youth died in a train mishap, after he was allegedly pushed out of thetrain, sources said. Police sources however said that they were yet toascertain the cause of the incident. The victim was returning from Mumbai atthe time of the incident. Meanwhile, source said that the parents and familymembers of the victim have rushed to Mumbai.

AAP MLA arrested for trying tomurder woman
Source: The Shillong Times, 25July 2016

AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan was on Sunday arrested after a woman alleged that he triedto mow her down after she visited his residence to raise the issue of powercuts, making him the tenth party legislator to be arrested. Khan, also thechairman of the Delhi Waqf board, was first detained for questioning and thenarrested, a day after he alleged in a press conference that the woman was“pressurised” by police into giving a false statement against him. Read More

DMO arrested for alleged sexualharassment, orgs seeks action
Source: The Arunachal Times, 29July 2016

District Medical Officer (DMO) of Lower Subansiri, Dr Moli Riba has been arrested by thedistrict police based on a complaint lodged by a 31 year old lady employee ofdistrict medical office, Ziro, alleging him of sexual harassment at work place.She has lodged the complaint against DMO at Ziro police station.

Dr Riba is currently under police custody. Read More

Body of missing girl found
Source: The Shillong Times, 30July 2016

The body of the minor girl, who went missing on July 24 from Umlyngka, was found atDam site, Ri-Bhoi on Friday. The mother of the victim, suspected to bemurdered, had filed a missing complaint on July 25 and subsequently lodgedanother FIR on July 28. The second FIR was filed after it came to her knowledgethat one Juntina Lyngdoh Marshillong (20 years), her daughter’s friend, whoalso went missing on the same day (July 24), had come back the next day. Read More

India contributes to start UNfund for sex abuse victims

United Nations: India has made the starting contribution to the trust fund set up bythe UN for victims of sex abuse by peacekeepers, a spokesperson for SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon announced on Friday.

Thespokesperson, Farhan Haq, told reporters that India’s contribution of $100,000was the first to the fund established in March to help the victims of sex abuseby UN peacekeepers. FullArticle

 Supreme Court restores Congressgovernment in Arunachal Pradesh 

Ina landmark judgment on Wednesday, the Supreme Court said that Arunachal Pradeshgovernor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa's decision advancing session of the stateassembly by a month is violative of the Constitution and is liable to bequashed. The Supreme Court said all steps and decisions taken by thelegislative assembly pursuant to governor's December 9, 2015 order areunsustainable and liable to be quashed. Full Article

 Treating gun violence as aninfectious disease

 PhysicianGary Slutkin spent a decade fighting tuberculosis, cholera and HIV/Aidsepidemics in Africa. When he returned to the United States, he thought he hadescaped brutal epidemic deaths. But then he began to look more carefully at gunviolence, noting that its spread followed the patterns of infectious diseases. Full Article

 The Supreme Court Speaks, EndingImpunity For The Armed Forces

 In a historic ruling, Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice U.U.Lalit of the Hon’bleSupreme Court have spoken out in favour of democracy. The judgment came on aplea by hundreds of families in the north-eastern State of Manipur for a probeby a Special Investigation Team into 1,528 cases of alleged fake encountersinvolving the Army and the police. Full Article

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