Namsai citizens stage candle light protest against rape, murder

GUWAHATI: A candle light protest march was also organised by various organisations from Namsai district in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday demanding justice for the 13-year-old girl who was allegedly raped and murdered   in Namsai on December 23 last.

Police have registered a case vide Case No.146/2017 dated 24 December, 2017 u/s 376 (2)(1),302 IPC and investigations are being carried out to nab the culprit.

A 13-year-old girl, was studying in 8th standard in St. Mary School, Namsai. Sensation has since prevailed in Namsai district with various organisations expressing grief and resentment over the case.

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has expressed his deep anguish and pain at the murder of the young girl and termed it as shameful and worrying.

He directed the Namsai District administration to enquire upon the matter and take all necessary steps to apprehend the culprits involved in the heinous crime at the earliest.

Tai Khampti Development Society (TKDS), on behalf of all the citizens of Namsai district, stated that it stood in solidarity with the family of murdered girl and condemned the heinous crime in the strongest term.

“This dastardly and heinous crime committed by the perpetrator cannot be compared with any crimes and be tolerated in any civilized society,” the President of TKDS, Chow Siharaja Choutang said and put forth the demand for early action and justice to the family of the deceased. The culprit must be nabbed at the earliest and awarded with capital punishment so that no one dared to commit such crime in future, he added.

“The movement of suspicious and anti-social elements, illegal migrants, etc., has gone unchecked since the recent past, which could be one of the reasons for increase in the criminal activities. The authorities’ concerned need to ponder in this regard and devise mechanism to contain it before the confidence of the general masses is lost and people outcry for safety and security,” Choutang said.

The Theravada Buddhist Society Itanagar, ATKSSU, ANDSU, ANAYA, Women Welfare Society, Namsai, Mahila Welfare Society, Chongkham and various other organisations of the district has also condemned the incident and demanded most stringent punishment for the perpetrator.

A joint memorandum was submitted by the NGOs, student and youth organisations and the public to the Deputy Commissioner, Namsai condemning the barbaric act and heinous crime perpetrated by the culprit and added that people in the society were not safe even in their homes. It has also placed a four- point charter of demands which included immediate arrest of the culprit, registration of case under POCSO since the victim is a minor, application of modern technology in the investigation and compensation to the bereaved family. The memorandum also further demanded that the law enforcing agency must nab the culprit within fifteen days failing which democratic movement will be initiated by the concerned organisations and public.