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NSCN-IM bans night clubs, brothels

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By EMN Updated: May 07, 2014 11:59 pm
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Mokokchung DPDB recommits to Total Prohibition Act 

Newmai News Network
DIMAPUR, MAY 7

The NSCN-IM has imposed a ban on night clubs and brothels in Naga areas where immoral activities are carried out.
Taking serious note of the moral degradation of the Nagas, the NSCN-IM on May 2 decided that all the night clubs and brothels shall be banned with immediate effect. The NSCN-IM has entrusted its Kilo (home) ministry to implement the decision.
It appealed to the Naga public, civil societies and churches to cooperate and involve themselves help eradicate the evil activities which will one day destroy our future.
Meanwhile, the frequent drive against sex workers in Nagaland commercial hub Dimapur by police and IRB personnel failed to bear any result as number of prostitutes is fast rising in the city.Last year, a Dimapur daily had reported that there were about 4000 sex workers in Dimapur alone with 50% of them being local women.
However, an NGO could register only 870 sex workers since majority of them refused to reveal their activities.
Most of the sex workers are in the age group of 16 to 40.
According to sources, girl college students are also indulging in the business actively. Otherwise, married and unmarried women and divorcees are usually into the business.
Besides the Dimapur district administration, the NSCN-IM has also been actively taking steps against the sex workers in Dimapur since last year.
Some sex workers from Assam were apprehended by the NSCN-IM and warned them not to repeat such activities in future last year.
Few years ago, the Dimapur police had frequently conducted vigil operation in Dimapur as young boys and girls on the pretext of going for morning walk used to indulge in these immoral activities. These youth mostly school children used to be seen on the streets of Dimapur as early as 2 am. These children used to leave homes telling their guardians that they were going for ‘morning walk’.
According to police, a number of youth were rounded up in many places as some of them were caught in compromising positions a few years ago.
Mokokchung DPDB discusses on Prohibition Act
The monthly meeting of Mokokchung District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) took up discussions on Nagaland State Total Prohibition Act 1989 and renewed its commitment to enforce it to fulfill the dream of the Act.
The Agenda was moved by Social Concern Board, Ao Baptist Arogo Mungdang (ABAM) requesting the Mokokchung DPDB to make greater efforts to fight the evils of liquor in the district.
Rev Dr Mar Atsungchanger, executive secretary, ABAM who attended the meeting held in the ADC Planning Conference Hall on 7th May 2014, on invitation alongwith members of Social Concern Board expressed grave concern over the issue and called upon the district administration to implement the Act with letter and spirit indicating apprehension that there are underground shops where liquors are available in the town.
ABAM insisted that Excise department officials and law enforcing agencies should gear up their duty to check the entry of liquors in the town. The Social Concern Board also called upon the DPDB members to give more emphasis on cleanliness in the market; control of market prices; traffic discipline and punctuality in office timing in all offices in the district headquarter.
DC & DPDB vice chairman, Murohu Chotso, who presided over the meeting appreciated the concern of the ABAM and hoped that with the cooperation of the NGOs such as churches, prevailing social problems would be addressed more meaningfully.
After deliberation on border issues and affairs, the Board decided to recommend to the government for inclusion of Yajang-C, Tzuremen and Akhomen under Longchem circle within the map of Nagaland as the three villages are not located in the Disturb Area Belt.
Upgradation of traffic post from Sub Inspector to that of DSP in Mokokchung town and establishment of a new college “Eden College” in Mokokchung town were also recommended to the concerned departments. The Forest Department had earlier made power point presentation in the meeting. (DIPR)

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By EMN Updated: May 07, 2014 11:59:54 pm