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Dhubri protests rise in crimes

Dhubri, Dec. 3: Hundreds of activists of the All India Mohila Sanskritik Sangathan and the All India Democratic Youth Organisation hit the streets here today, to protest against the increase in cases of sexual assault, witch-hunting and other social evils.

The activists also held a meeting at Asom Sangha Hall and urged the state government to take action.

Addressing the meeting, former SUCI legislator Dewan Joynal Abedin said lack of support from the government forces many youths to take the path of addiction.

“The government has no vision to shape the young generation, while the easy availability of materials detrimental to youths has further jeopardised their life,” he alleged. He said the government should take strong steps to control the growing cases of rape, witch-hunting and other evils.

Expressing concern over the growing incidents of rape in the country, the organisation’s state secretary Ina Hussain said after the Delhi gang rape on December 16 last year, 1,036 rape cases had been registered there till today.

Assam does not fare any better, with 1,800 rape cases registered in different police stations from January to July this year, while 2,740 abduction and trafficking of women cases have been registered in the same period, Hussain said.

“This is the tip of the iceberg as many cases are not registered by parents and family members owing to fear of social stigma,” she added. The president of the Assam unit of the youth organisation, Osman Gani Molla, said easy availability of explicit material on the Internet and indecent portrayal of women on TV and advertisements had ruined the moral character of youths.

“On one hand, the government is campaigning against sex crimes but, on the other hand, it is issuing more licences to wine shops. This double standard has led many youths astray,” he said.

The speakers threatened to launch a mass movement if the government failed to restore order and bring crimes against women under control.

The presidents of the Dhubri district units of both the organisations, Jahan Uddin Bhuyan and Prabashini Mahapatra, also spoke at the meeting.