Kokrajhar: As part of a series of programmes against the rising crimes against women and girls in Kokrajhar town since a couple of weeks by different organizations and NGOs, the conscious citizens of Kokrajhar along with activists of NGOs on Monday sought intervention of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary to deal with the perpetrators to end the terrifying situation.
The leaders of NGOs and citizens also submitted a memorandum to Sonowal through the Kokrajhar DC and to the BTC chief through the Principal Secretary demanding safety and security of women and girls in Kokrajhar in particular and BTC area in general.
The students, women’s group, NGOs and citizens of the area in their memorandum said that for the past few days in Kokrajhar town and its adjacent areas, an organized group of criminals had been creating terror in the minds of women and girls by forcefully entering the living spaces occupied by women and girls, using sprays to make them unconscious before outraging their modesty and even filming the acts of sexual violence to release these on social media. They said due to these terrifying incidents of violence against women
and regular attempts of these miscreants to enter the spaces occupied by women and girls every night, residents of Kokrajhar town were spending sleepless nights. The unabated crimes have violated the very fundamental right to live with dignity enshrined in Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, which includes right to sleep and leisure.
The people of Kokrajhar have made repeated appeals to the civil and police administration of Kokrajhar district but despite their best efforts, the incidents have not stopped.
The BSU brought out a rally on Saturday and civil societies, NGOs and students of different educational institutions of Kokrajhar organized another rally in the town on Sunday. The citizens and NGOs submitted a memorandum on Monday demanding fool-proof security and safety of women in Kokrajhar and other BTC areas. They also demanded providing adequate police battalion to ensure night patrolling, temporary police camps led by women police to be set up in vulnerable areas, installation of CCTV cameras, investigation of crimes properly, monitoring all paying guest accommodations and hostels and stringent punishment to the culprits involved in the crimes. Besides, they also demanded to form a task force comprising eminent women leaders to enquire into unabated mass violation of women’s rights in the town.
The conscious citizens urged both Sonowal and Mohilary to take immediate and appropriate steps to put a stop to such crimes against women. The memorandum was signed by leaders of different NGOs, prominent personalities, teachers, citizens and activists of Kokrajhar town.