Assam: NEFIS statement against alleged rape of women by army personnel

April 12, 2015

Today large number of students, teachers and working people from different communities of north east gathered at Arts Faculty at around 5:30pm in the evening and took out a candle march in solidarity with three women raped by army personnel in Karbi Anglong district of Assam. The candle march was taken out from Arts Faculty to Vishwvidyalay metro station. Chatra Marg resounded with the slogans of ‘Repeal AFSPA’, ‘Arrest the rapists’ and a small public meeting was organized after the candle march at the Vishwvidyalay metro station.

It is to be noted that AFSPA(Armed Forces Special Powers Act) is imposed in Karbi Anglong district of Assam under which Army officers have legal immunity for their actions. There are serious chances of putting even this rape case under the carpet as done earlier. Police can not take any action against the perpetrators unless the Home Ministry gives permission for the same. Such provisions clearly stand against common masses as such cases are gross violation of human rights and justice.

Hem Chandra Brahma, member of NEFIS said during the meeting, “This is not the first case of brutality. People across the communities from the north east have to unite againt the draconial law of AFSPA”. Maya John, noted women rights activist also joined the public meeting in solidarity with the issue raised by NEFIS. During her speech she said, “Even in Justice Verma Committee report there is an emerging concern that AFSPA leads to condition where democratic rights can be violated with impunity. Armed personnels have been using this impunity to sexually assault women”. Chinglen Khumukcham, convenor of NEFIS also raised the issue of AFSPA being extended to Arunachal Pradesh. He added that NEFIS will be raising this issue at national level.

We request your esteemed daily to cover the news so that lakhs of people get justice and they can live a peaceful life.

Thanking You
Hem Chandra Bramha
Media Coordinator
North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS)

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Press Statement

NEFIS(North East Forum for International Solidarity) demands immediate arrest of army personnels who raped three women in Karbi Anglong district of Assam. It is to be noted that AFSPA(Armed Forces Special Powers Act) is imposed in Karbi Anglong district of Assam under which Army officers have legal immunity for their actions. There are serious chances of putting even this rape case under the carpet as done earlier. Police can not take any action against the perpetrators unless the Home Ministry gives permission for the same. Such provisions clearly stand against common masses as such cases are gross violation of human rights and justice. NEFIS will take up the issue in the coming days against inaction against the rapists.

Thanking You
Chinglen Khumukcham
Convener
North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS)