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the country is undergoing an awakening of public consciousness
regarding rights, safety and oppression of women, we would like to draw
attention to a few human rights violation by men in uniform in NorthEast
where RAPE is used as a tool of suppression or domination:
(1) 13 years old Rumi Konwar, then student of class 8 of Changnai village, Sibsagar, Assam was raped in front of her father Prafulla Konwar and mother (both were tied and blind folded) on January 30, 1991. No justice was given.
(2) 13 years old Putala Bora, from Digboi was raped by two Army Men of
the Punjab Regiment in her house (Case No. 2/91 under S. 376/34 IPC).
(3) 16 years old Lakhi Gogoi, 20 year old Niru Gogoi, 15 year old Meena
Gogoi, 16 year old Jamuna Gogoi and 14 year old Punya Gogoi from
Lakhipathar, Tinsukia were gang raped, stripped and paraded in public.
Later it was found that ten more girls from the village were raped by
Army men. Two girls became pregnant later on.
(4) 16 years old
Anonla and 17 years old Sunsunla from Arunachal Pradesh, who had come to
Assam for medical treatment, were picked up by Indian Army and
blindfolded, beaten, kicked with boots, denied food and gave electric
shocks for more than two weeks. Anonla later became partially blind.
(5) 14 years old Bhanimai Dutta who was gang raped by Indian Army on
October 16, 1991, at No. 2 Khowdang village near Naoboisha area in
Lakhimpur District had died due to her injuries. But her family never
got any justice till date for their daughter.
(6) 20 years old
Raju Barua, at Gohpur in Sonitpur District, who was gang raped by seven
army men and killed. Her family stills weeps at injustice.
16 Year old Nilima Boro and 14 year old Fouduro Boro who were raped by
Army on 18th May, 1992 at Satgiri, Khairahari village under Tangla
police station of Darrang district.
(8) 28 year old housewife
Undibala Roy of Lubdungguri, Bijni in Bongaigaon was raped by Army men
on 22nd October, 1991 (Registered case at Bijni Police station – Case
No. 89191- uls 376).
(9) The case of Manoroma Devi of Manipur,
who was raped and killed by Army Men was protested severely by the women
of Manipur (the nude protest with slogans Indian Army rape us).
All of the above are just a few of the thousands and thousands of
examples and real people that lives all across NorthEast. We would also
like to draw attention to a few innocents killed by Indian Army and the
victims are denied justice as the murderers are provided impunity under
draconian law AFSPA:
(I) 62-year old woman, Leisangbam Ibetomi,
18-year old Sinam Chandramani and 8 others were killed on 2nd November,
2002 by Indian Armed forces when they were waiting at a bus stop. This
had led Irom Sharmila to begin her decade long fast to repel the Armed
Forces (Special Powers) Act. Yet neither the Army nor the Indian State
Machine ever apologized for provided justice to the case. Irom Sharmila
continues her hunger strike as Indian Army Officers, our savior and
defenders wine and dine every day in their camps, probably mocking the
attempts of a mere North Eastern woman to fight against the great Indian
Army all by herself!
(II) 6 year old child Debajit Moran was
gunned down by Indian Army in 2005 at Dibrugarh. Did any senior official
(forget the head of Army) visit the family of the child to seek an
apology? Our media and everyone in the society are blind. Why does no
one even remember innocent Debojit Moran? Are deaths by Indian Army
allowed to go without a criticism because they are defending us from
(III) Young Jatin Gohain, 21 years and student of
first year from Dhemaji Town worked as a driver to support his own
education and poor family. He was picked by the army and several days
later, his father found his innocent son's dead body at Dhemaji police
station with his private parts and legs swollen, his skin roughened and
face was swathed in blood. Doctors from Civil Hospital denied giving a
post mortem report! Do people of Dhemaji remember this?
Rising musician and Professor of Sibsagar College, Dr Suresh Phukan was
picked up by the Indian army and brutally tortured just because he had
sung a song called "Udito Suruj" in 1988! Unidentified chemical was
poured into his ears, electric shocks were administered to various
private parts of his body and Indian soldiers jumped on his body.
Finally he had died on March 13, 1991 succumbing to his injuries and
mental shock. Today nobody remembers him.
(V) Young Sarat
Sonowal, teacher in Bhadoi Panchali Higher Secondary School at
Naharkatia, Dibrugarh was alleged to be picked up by Indian Army on
November 30, 1991 and after 9 days of missing and tears to his dependent
poor family, his body was asked to be picked up to his family. His
entire body was cut into pieces. No post-mortem report or death
certificate was issued by the police.
(VI) 80 year old Uma
Rajkhowa, Freedom Fighter of India was repeatedly abused and tortured by
Army men because he was the father of Arabinda Rajkhowa. He had filed
cases against this but to no use.
And loads are there where Men
in uniform had committed those kind of heinous crimes against NorthEast
people in different states using AFSPA as a discrimination tool. Its
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