TNT Desk | April 8, 2018
TNT- The Northeast Today brings to you instances that shamed Northeast India in the month of March. This is a series that will continue every month henceforth. Through this, we aim to bring focus to incidences that need people’s attention so that solution can be found to ongoing issues.Here we bring to you the first edition which is a wind up for the month of March, 2018.
The spate of crime against women and children in the state has left an indelible mark in the reputation of the state and it seems there is no end to this stigma. While Northeast Indians are busy criticizing the National Capital Delhi by terming it as the ‘Rape Capital’, it seems the robust Northeast Indian state of Assam is eyeing to surpass Delhi’s record.
A class V student was gang-raped and set on fire by a 21-year-old youth and two juveniles in central Assam’s Nagaon district on March 23. The girl, who was battling for life in hospital with 90% burn injuries soon gave in to her injuries. The accused were minors, aged 11 and 10, while the third culprit, a 21-yr-old man have been arrested.
A worrying fact in this regard is the involvement of minors in the act of rape and murder raises a question mark on where is the society heading to!
The state is definitely not far behind as far as rape, murder and crime against women is concerned. A 23-year old woman lost her life after being allegedly tortured by her husband and in-laws in a suspected dowry case in Shillong. The young woman identified as Puja Prasad was found hanging in her in-laws’ house on March 25.
Another case of crime against women has been reported from a small hamlet under Pynursla, located just few kilometers away from Shillong. It was in the evening of March 24 at a small village called Mawshun located just 15-17 kms away from Pynursla that a mother of three was burned to death by her husband identified as Bestarwel Nongkhlaw (38).The 36-yr-old woman identified as Medilin Khongmawloh succumbed to her burnt injuries. She is survived by her 3 minor children, the eldest being 12 years old.
On April 3,yet another woman was found murdered in her residence in Khliehriat in East Jaintia Hills district.
The state may be a peaceful one as compared to other states of Northeast India but that definitely does not place it out of the purview of this list. Drug abuse and high rate of HIv cases have plagued the state for a long time. And, it is a shame that yet again, with 1.19 per cent HIV positive cases among pregnant women, Mizoram has recorded the highest rate of HIV among pregnant women.
According to Mizoram State Aids Control Society (MSACS) officials, the percentage of HIV prevalence among pregnant women in Mizoram is the highest in India, higher than the national average of 0.28 per cent. They said no other State has crossed one per cent.
While the issue of former Chief minister of Manipur, Okram Ibobi singh’s involvement in Rs. 244 crore Loktak Lake cleaning scam has been making the headlines, the present CM, N Biren Singh’s ‘Hindi’ speech in Gujarat has become an issue of discussion among the people of the region. Well, let us ignore the ‘Hindi’ aspect of the speech, but the alleged ‘distortion of history’ has surely left many unhappy.
While the state has been haunted by cases of corruption, a recent video of a chief engineer taking bribe went viral accentuated the situation. Ch. Gojendro Singh, chief engineer of education department was put on suspension following charges of graft. The incident came to light, after a video clip of Gojendro accepting a bribe of Rs. 30,000 for a contract work went viral on the social media.
While the state has become infamous for journalist killings since last year, the trend, however does not seem to decline.
Anup Debbarma, 26, a journalist engaged with a Tripura-based Kokborok TV channel – Kok Tripura, was injured in an assault at Khowai district last month. The journo is currently under treatment at Gobind Ballabh Pant Hospital here with a head injury and wounds on his left hand. Hospital sources said he was out of danger with seven stitches on his head.
While politically motivated crimes have become a common reason of unrest in the state, a shameful incident that occurred in Udaipur, also the home town of Tripura CM Biplab Deb came to light when a woman was allegedly beaten and stripped naked in front of her husband and son by accused Sukanta Shil and Biplab Kar over land dispute. The accused were absconding till the filing of the report.
While the Chief Minister of the state, Pema Khadu has been in the limelight for being accused of rape by a woman, the same has however been revoked as a politically motivated move on her part and the guilty is yet to be proven in this regard.
Again, Arunachal’s Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) was 36 deaths per 1000 births in 2016, the highest figure recorded in the state since 2000 and one of the worst in the entire country. Clearly, a deeper introspection on the part of health ministry is needed here.
And another bad news for educated youth from the state: Arunachal Pradesh has been placed at the top of the ten worst regions in India for securing a job by Adzuna.in, a search engine for job advertisements. Arunachal Pradesh and other Northeastern states have the least number of vacancies, providing no room for a strong, corporate career, it said.
The state has always been on the limelight for being one of the most unpredictable in terms of political functioning but apart from that, bad roads have always been a topic of conversation among the people of the state.
But apart from this, the state has been in the news for the alleged involvement of former Chief Minister TR Zeliang in a terror funding case whereby the NIA had summoned him for interrogation.
Again, it is true that Nagaland as a state has less women representation in the political arena, a recent incident has put a question mark on the state of women. Stepping up against reported crime against women and post-poll violence in Mokokchung district, the district administration last month slapped the Changki Village Council (CVC) with a show cause notice for allegedly beating and excommunicating a 58-year old woman from the village for allegedly casting her vote of favour of a candidate who was not supported by the council. She and three other people—two women and a man—were also excommunicated from the village for 30 years for the same reason.
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