Namsai ( Arunachal Pradesh )
Thousand of people including large number of women on Tuesday, carried out a candle light procession in protest against the allegedly rape and murder of a 13 years minor girl in Empong village of Namsai district of in Arunachal Pardesh .
A 13 years old Girl was allegedly raped and brutally murdered on December 23 last. She was studying in 8th standard in St. Mary School, Namsai. The victim with her head chopped off from her torso was found in board daylight.
Aaccording to the statement of vicitm’s family member , Victim had gone to the fields with her older brother to check on stray animals, where the brother left her in the field and headed out to the market in Chongkham at around 10 am. When he reached home, he saw that his sister had not returned yet, and the family, along with other residents of the village, started a frantic search for her. When they visited the field, the girl’s naked body was found in a nearby ditch covered with jungle bushes. There were multiple laceration injuries on her neck and both hands, as the assailant(s) had slit her throat and also chopped off three fingers of her left hand.
Following the incident, several organisations and individuals have raised their voices against the abhorrent incident. The public of Namsai held a candlelight march for the deceased and demanded justice.
A memorandum was also submitted to the deputy commissioner, wherein several organisations sought immediate arrest of the unidentified culprits, registering a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, proper forensic tests to speed up the investigation, and providing compensation to the deceased’s mother on compassionate grounds.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has expressed his deep anguish and pain in the recent 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.
The Tai Khampti Development Society (TKDS) has expressed solidarity with the bereaved family and demanded immediate arrest of the culprit(s). It said the culprit(s) should be awarded the capital punishment.
The Theravada Buddhist Society, Itanagar, the ATKSSU, the ANDSU, the ANAYA, and several other organisations have also condemned the heinous crime and demanded stringent punishment for the perpetrator(s).