Crime against women, children
SHILLONG, April 8: The Civil Society Women Organization (CSWO) has condemned the recent killings of women in the State. Such deaths include the alleged dowry death at Pynthor, East Khasi Hills district, of Pooja Prasad, where the in-laws and her husband have been allegedly demanding dowry and assaulting her, murder of a woman in Mawshun village under Pynursla C & RD Block where a woman was set on fire by her husband, murder of a woman med Fullness Lyngdoh at her residence in Khliehriat where her throat was slit. The CSWO demands that investigation is carried out to the logical end and that the families of the victims are not harassed.
The organization stated that a copy of the post mortem report should be provided to the family of the deceased by the authorities without delay and should not have them running from pillar to post to get the report.
The CSWO also condemns the frequent ostricization of women and their children by some abusive traditiol heads.
There was an incident where some school heads in West Jaintia Hills district, refrained from taking in children of a woman med Sisti Lamare of West Jaintia Hills district into school seemingly because she had filed an SCPCR for intervention.
In another case in Ri Bhoi, the heads of Quinine village issued a verbal diktat in a Dorbar (meeting) that no one should buy anything from the shop of a woman from the village as she refrained from seeking apology as demanded by them. These are forms of terror against women and children and a violation of article 19 of the Indian Constitution, the organization opined.
In another incident in West Jaintia Hills, a family is threatened to be ostracized and warned that all facilities and benefits would be denied as they did not part their land to the village heads who planned a park in their land. An FIR was filed in this regard but rtiang police instead turned the case into breach of peace by both parties.
The CSWO said that such violence against women cannot be tolerated and the authorities should check on them strictly and take stringent action against perpetrators as these harms the family, especially children who should not be witnessing violence and terror.