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Girl cheated, gangraped in Hajo

In yet another crime against women, seven youths gangraped a 25 year old girl in Hajo when she came from Nalbari to meet one of them whom she loved after holding frequent telephone calls.

The incident took place on Saturday night where Fakaruddin Ali invited the woman from Nalbari, whom he befriended a couple of months ago, to enjoy a theatre at Ramdiya Bangalpara.

According to allegations, Fakhruddin Ali offered to drop the girl home. But instead he took her to a school building to be joined by his seven friends.

All they allegedly took turns to rape the hapless girl. After hearing her screams, the neighbours rushed to the spot and rescued the girl.

They held of three of the accused to be handed them over to the police. The trio have been identified as Alam Ali, Jaimuddin Ahmed and Hashen Ali.

The culprit Fakhruddin and four others managed to flee from the spot. Her medical test would be conducted at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital on Sunday.

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Rural women of substance

Women taking matters into their own hands – Ima Market. Photo: Ashish Chopra
15 Oct 2017 - 2:11pm | Samhita Barooah

Rurality is a context where people define their roots. Any person from a rural background can survive in the toughest of living conditions. Women in the rural context have a major part to play. Rural India lives through the essence of culture, community and cohesion. Women in rural India have been the silent custodians of such cohesive co-existence of culture and community. Rural is often interchangeably used with remoteness which creates an exclusive space for the identity of a person belonging to rural area. Women specifically have to position themselves very strategically when it comes to rural in India. Even though there is a common perception that women in rural areas are bonded, marginalised, discriminated and excluded from mainstream education, development and employment avenues which benefit urban women, the reality is gradually transforming. Even though the geographical hardships, socio-political dominance and infrastructural lacunas position rural women on unequal equations with other women, yet her spirit of endurance and engagement empowers her. Women in rural context have a very strong community support system which protect, provide and support them in every stage of their lives. Rural women have a sense of collective spirit to strengthen them structurally and institutionally. In India women collectives for income earning activities and social practices have always been a stable strategy for gender inclusion, gender justice and empowerment. Rural women play a triple role in homes, fields and homesteads and also in community institutions which strengthens their agency in any global or local platform. Rural women are not a homogenous identity but it entails a multiplicity of diverse identities which remain suppressed within the larger idea of a woman.

Rural women are the voters, providers of food crops for families and at times for the markets as well. They are the weavers, potters, handicraft makers, livestock nurturers, poultry and fishery owners. They contribute immensely in food procession, production and promotion through most affordable means. Rural women also contribute towards domestic work in metropolitan cities, towns and suburbs to ensure stable urban homes. Rural women have played a major role in getting adequate livelihood skills for small enterprises, home based livelihoods and also in educating their children for future progress of their community and village. When I was located in rural Madhya Pradesh for work, I observed the specific skills of patch work which rural women acquired through external inputs and managed to run their homes by making a range of fashionable clothes and household linen for a rural brand called Kumbaya. In the same light I noticed how rural women in Kutch district of Gujarat were expert embroidery makers, plastic bag weavers, jute and organic cotton weavers, clay pot artists and natural dye makers who managed their family needs and saved enough money to educate their children. In rural Thailand also most recently, I happened to live with a rural family in Nong Tao village in Chiangmai province as a part of a course. Here I saw that rural women contributed towards the home based coffee enterprise. They were skilled coffee growers and supported their male partners in the business equally. They also participated in community forest ceremonies and other cultural activities. They managed their homes, young children and elders with great care and concern apart from taking time out for themselves to rest and refresh. In North Bihar, rural women work tirelessly in their fields and manage to study hard for their careers. When I worked for a short period with Apne Aap Women Worldwide, I observed that rural women managed to rescue young girls from trafficking networks, engage in learning new computer skills; work in community based institutions and also contest elections.  In rural Nagaland and Manipur, I noticed rural women collectivising to buy land for group activities, grow fruit trees and engage in farming vegetable crops for additional cash incomes. Rural women in Nagaland have formed SEWA groups to ensure adequate flow of resources, rights, training, information and support in times of need. Such collectivisation of rural women has given the women a sense of confidence, power to negotiate for better livelihood conditions and recognition within the community constructs.

Some rural women in rural Telangana, Nagaland and Meghalaya are engaged in communication and audio-visual documentation practices through diverse local and global organisations like DDS, NEN Nagaland, NESFAS and Insight share. They are using visual communication tools to share the stories and lives of rural women bridging the gaps left by non-literacy, translated language and judgemental interpretations. Such initiatives are crucial processes to address gender inclusive approach in ensuring sustainable development goals. Rural women’s access to appropriate rural technology, necessary mobile, mechanical and utility skills, internet access and functional spoken and written language skills can further strengthen them in every walk of life. On the occasion of International day for Rural Women October 15, 2017, I salute the resilience, resourcefulness and reassurance which rural women in different parts of the world provide towards every woman irrespective of her diverse contexts.


PhotoWomen taking matters into their own hands – Ima Market  by  Ashish Chopra

Disrupting landslip on GS Road

6 Sep 2015 - 9:17pm | AT News

Assam-Meghalaya transport communication has come to a grinding halt following a massive landslide on the Guwahati-Shillong road on Sunday.

A huge hillock slipped on the vital road in Umiang area in the morning forcing hundreds of vehicles to remain stranded for hours.

Dozens of workers have been deployed by the National Highway Authority of India with ten bulldozers to clear the road. According to Ri Bhoi district administration, it would take several hours on Monday to clear the mud.

Triggered by incessant rains, landslides wreaked havoc on Saturday morning at Byrinhat area disrupting surface communication for several hours. But it was cleared on Sunday. Hours after it, another landslip took place at Unming near Nongpoh which is expected to be cleared on Monday afternoon.

Uproar over child's death at Golaghat civil hospital

Uproar over a child's death at Golaghat civil hospital
16 May 2013 - 12:02am | Ritupallab Saikia

Chaos was witnessed at Golaghat Kushal Konwar Civil Hospitla after the death of an eighteen month old male child. The deceased child Yasin Ali was admitted to the hospital at around 11.30 am on Wednesday after he consumed kerosene oil at his home. He was admitted into the hospital at critical condition and after some time he was declared death by the doctor. When the parents took their child’s body for burial he showed some signs of life and they immediately rushed back to the hospital but unfortunately he already breathed his last. Sameda Begum and Shafique Ali, the parents of the child alleged that after their child was pronounced death by Dr. Rajiv Phukan who was attending the child, they had taken him for performing the last rites. This has angered the deceased relatives followed by an angry retaliation from the public and an unruly scene was created at the hospital. Later police arrived at the hospital and taken the situation under control.