Five incidences that put Northeast India to shame on April

Five incidences that put Northeast India to shame on April

TNT | May 7, 2018

The Northeast region of India has an incredibly rich history and is often touted as a diverse, beautiful, ‘woman-friendly’ part of the country. In the midst of the diversity, there has been several instances over the years that have forced us to hang our heads in shame. While there is much to appreciate and love about the North-east, here is a brief look into the incidences that prove we have left ourselves down in certain aspects as a region:

  • An Israeli tourist named Kuhin Nir was looted by a driver and his handyman in the state of Assam prompting the troubling question: how safe are tourists and ‘foreigners’ in Northeast India?

          Read about the incident here: https://thenortheasttoday.com/?p=125121

  • Manipur volleyball team skipper Sakil Chesam was assaulted by an irate fan leaving him with a broken jaw after the final against Mizoram during the 26th Mini National Volleyball Championship 2018 at Rdenthuwama Multi-purpose Stadium in Aizawl on the evening of April 29. What happened to civilised conduct and sportsmanship in Northeast India’s sports?

          Read about the incident here: https://thenortheasttoday.com/?p=125592

  • According to a recently-published report of the HIV Sentinel Surveillance 2016-2017 of National AIDS Control Organisation, Mizoram recorded the highest AIDS/HIV-positive cases in the country after Manipur. Sexual contact was the main factor for fast spread of the disease as 67.30 per cent of infected people contacted the disease through unprotected sex. This statistic only reinforces the fact that although awareness programmes are being conducted across the country, our citizens still fail to implement preventive measures such as easily-available condoms to combat sexually transmitted diseases.

          Read about the incident here:  https://thenortheasttoday.com/?p=125086

  • In the video which was taken near the village of Chibinang under Phulbari PS in West Garo Hills, a young woman can be seen brutally assaulted by the group of so called moral police who all the while shaming her and telling her she was “selling herself”. The incident occurred in the presence of a huge group of people with most either being bystanders or joining in the fun of assaulting the lady. Cases of moral policing have been on a rapid rise in the region with people feeling entitled to ‘punish’ those who stray from tradition. Are women not allowed to have a fun day out with a male companion? Is there no freedom of personal choice and individuality here?

          Read about the incident here: https://thenortheasttoday.com/?p=122648

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  • Rapes in the state of  Tripura on April were not unheard of. While such incidences take place across the country, one cannot turn a blind eye to the alarming rise in cases of crime against women in the northeast. On April 15, when the entire state was celebrating Bengali New Year, a minor girl was returning home from tuition and on reaching Akon-Bakon area near the jail quarters, 5 youths allegedly kidnapped the girl, took her to the quarters of a deceased ex-jail employee and gang-raped her there. These incidences came after the Kathua rape case that shook the country and yet it appears as though there is no remorse or empathy; not for elderly women, not for young women and not for minors.

          Read about the incident here: https://thenortheasttoday.com/?p=122889

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