Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign condemns the recent rape incident in Dokmoka area in Karbi Anglong district and demands a fair probe and justice to the victims.
In a press statement emailed to Assam Times, the organization, a nation-wide campaign in support of Irom Sharmila and against the draconian Armed Forced Special Powers Act said it has not been the first incident and is also not an aberration. Sexual Violence by army in AFSPA areas has been quite widespread.
There have been many incidents of brutal mass-rapes that have been reported in past and justice still eludes the victims. This has been proved not only by human rights' organisations but also by government-appointed committees, they said.
According to SSSC, the continued ignorance and failure to grant justice in a country that claims to be determined for women equality and dignity is a contradiction. Sexual Violence and rape by anyone including the army personnels should be treated in the same way. SSSC further demands action on the recommendation of Justice Verma to bring cases of rape in AFSPA areas under the purview of ordinary criminal law.
KOKRAJHAR: Hundreds of ABSU leaders and workers took out a candle light protest in Kokrajhar on Sunday evening in protest against the Maibong incident where two protesters were killed in police firing.
The participating protesters demanded an impartial probe into the police firing incident, action against guilty officers apart from adequate compensation for the deceased families.
Several prominent citizens and political leaders joined the candle light protest.
The flood scene in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh remains unchanged on Sunday.
The river Brahmaputra and its tributaries are still flowing above the dangerlevel leaving no room for respite for more than 6 lakh people.
Flood waters level in Assam are still surging even after the halt of the rains. According to the Assam Disaster Management Authority, the current flood wave has washed away 90 roads, embankments, culverts and bridges in the state. These incidents, mostly, took place in Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Barpeta districts where surface communications are still remaining heavily disrupted.