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Angry women demand quick trial of gang rape accused

By EMN Updated: Jan 16, 2014 12:40 am

Staff Reporter

THERE was uproar, anger, frustration and introspection outside DC Court Dimapur today over the alleged gang rape by three men of an 18 year old Naga girl. Emotions of resentment, anger and dissatisfaction were tangible outside the court where women folk in large numbers had gathered. Their demand was for an administration which would commit itself to a policy of zero tolerance of violence against women.
“There never used to be so many cases of rape, let alone gang rape in the state. It is very unfortunate that such kinds of crimes are taking place in our society” lamented women folk present outside the court today.
The said incident took place in the State Stadium Dimapur on the fateful night of 12th January. It may be recalled that the girl, a student was on her way home from Sunday service when the three men, one of whom is said to be a friend of the victim forcefully caught her and committed the crime. The three accused who are residents of Bor-Lengri were subsequently arrested on January 13 by Dimapur Police
The accused are Benathung Kikon (20) son of Ekonthung Kikon of Yikhum Village, Yanthungo Odyuo (24) son of Wonyimo Odyuo of Yikhum Village and Wobenthung Ngullie (27) son of Lt. Lampvuo Ngullie of Niroyo Village.
Talking to media persons outside the court, the crowd gathered demanded for early investigation and unlike other cases which are inordinately delayed they wanted the authority to address the incident urgently, failing which they cautioned would compel them to seek other course swift action.
They also said they will monitor the progress of the case in the hope that by doing so it will prevent other similar incidents in the future.
In an equal act of felony two of the three accused are said to be married men, one of them expecting his first born child.
The three accused are currently in police custody and will be produced after expiry of 72 hours.
The case has invited condemnation from the Lotha Community of Karbi Anglong on behalf of Lotha Eloe Ekhung and Lotha Hoho Karbi Anglong. At the same time the organizations have lauded the swift action of the police in arresting the accused.
In a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, the organization demanded that the authority award capital punishment to the accused and appealed that the case be tried through a fast track court under non-bail able offences under any circumstances.

DUCCCF condemns gang rape of a teenage girl
Dimapur Urban Colonies Council Chairmen Federation (DUCCCF), today strongly condemned the gang rape the teenaged Naga girl in the state stadium, Dimapur. In a press release issued, it termed the incident to be shocking that Naga men are committing such crimes on fellow Naga sisters. The Federation feels that such evil offenders have no place in the Naga society. Such sick rapist mentality serve life term in jails, the release added. The authority must without any bias give the culprits a befitting punishment. It is a well known fact that of late the state stadium open field has become a place for night partying and immoral activities. The Federation appeals to the competent authority to construct proper fencing and gate at the state stadium and also reminds the District Administration and Police to check the illicit activities that is taking place inside the State Stadium.

By EMN Updated: Jan 16, 2014 12:40:50 am