| Protesters take out a rally in Kohima on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Kohima, Sept. 25: Thousands of people took to the streets in Dimapur today in protest against the rape of a minor by a 65-year-old man identified as Tinulepden Amer on September 14.
People from all walks of life took part in the march which was organised by Eastern Naga People’s Union, Dimapur, to denounce the rape and demanded the government to punish the accused.
Amer is an upper division clerk in the public health engineering department and the victim is 11 years old.
The crime took place at Duncan Basti Dimapur.
Amer was arrested on September 15 after the girl told her her parents who in turn filed a complaint with the village council.
Amer has been remanded in judicial custody.
The protesters marched to deputy commissioner Hushili Sema’s office and submitted a memorandum demanding action against the accused. Sema assured the people that stringent action would be taken against the rapist.
“We had submitted a memorandum to the state government,” T. Setsita, vice-president of Eastern Naga Students’ Union, Dimapur, said.
“We hope the government would handle the matter seriously,” he added.
The Duncan Basti council said Amer was neither a resident nor a member of the area.
The council also said he was staying at his daughter’s place in Duncan Basti where the incident took place.
The council condemned the act and demanded strict punishment for the accused.
The Eastern Naga Women’s Organisation, Dimapur, has expressed shock and termed the rape of a minor girl a satanic act.
The victim is currently at the Prodigals Home under the supervision of the child welfare committee.
Naga Women Hoho has asked authorities not to grant bail to the accused.
“We request all sections of society to support and eliminate such maniacs from our society,” the association said.
The Ao Students’ Union, Dimapur, termed the crime as inhuman and urged for a stern action against the rapist.
Naga Council Dimapur has also condemned the crime and urged the authorities not to grant bail to Amer.
The organisations have expressed serious concern over the increase of rape and sexual assault on women in and around Dimapur, which is the commercial hub of Nagaland.