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Row over FIR rages in Aizawl

Aizawl, Dec. 16: An FIR filed by a female sex worker against a Young Mizo Association (YMA) member for allegedly hitting her on November 19 night has created ripples that refuse to die down.

Under pressure from NGOs working among sex workers and drug addicts, the YMA and police are in knots trying to control the apparent fallout of the allegation.

“This man habitually hits us when we walk in that area. He has hit me several times in the past. That evening, around 8pm, he hit me so hard as I passed by that I felt I had to do something about it. So I went to the police station and filed an FIR though I had no idea he was from the YMA. We have a right not to be beaten,” the woman told The Telegraph.

She and other sex workers said he often slaps them hard on the buttocks or arms when they walk past him using whatever he happens to be carrying. YMA members usually carry heavy torches or thick canes while patrolling their localities.

She filed the FIR in the main police station in Dawrpui, which is the heart of the capital’s commercial area.

The next day, the Dawrpui YMA asked the woman to withdraw her FIR. The central YMA and NGOs working for HIV/AIDS control also got involved. The woman decided to withdraw the FIR after being assured by YMA that action would be taken against the man if he repeated the offence. The compromise would have worked out fine but for the fact that she was found unconscious with injury marks at Ngaizel on November 22, three days after the FIR controversy.

She said she had gone there in a taxi with a client. The client hit her and drove off. Her relatives filed an FIR.

The police say there is no link between this incident and the earlier case but are investigating the case nevertheless.