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No longer safest place for women

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By EMN Updated: Sep 17, 2013 2:00 am
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Staff Reporter
DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 16

ACCORDING to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) ‘2012 Report’, Nagaland was rated lowest among all the states in the country when it comes to crimes against women.
But this reputation is unlikely to hold any water with the increasing incidents of crimes against women reported this year. There is every possibility that the State will relinquish its position of being the safest place for women in the country. Barely 11 days after the alleged rape of a physically challenged girl in Chumukedima on September 3 last, another rape incident came to light on September 14 at Naga United Village, 4th Mile, Dimapur. The victim is yet again a minor of 14 years.
The incident was reported by the father of the victim to the Dimapur police on September 15 evening.
The accused has been identified as one Joshua Rhakho, 24 years, son of late Thayetha Rhakho of Khulazu Basa under Phek district. Both the accused and the victim are permanent residents of Naga United Village, Dimapur.
The incident happened on September 14 at around 5:20 pm after the accused took the victim to an isolated place and committed the crime. As per the statement of the accused, he committed the act but claimed that it was consensual.
Both the accused and the victim reportedly know each other, and it was even reported that the accused visited the victim’s residence during the day on September 14.
The accused was arrested on Sunday evening after the incident was reported to the police. He was produced before the court today, police said.
Police sources further said that both the accused and the victim were medically examined. Further investigations are on in the case.

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By EMN Updated: Sep 17, 2013 2:00:32 am