SILCHAR: Even after more than a month of the brutal assault on tribal women by three identified persons of this town, there has been no arrest of the culprits. In a signed petition, a group of concerned citizens, both tribal and non tribal, to the Superintendent of Police, Cachar, today, they have demanded immediate arrest of the persons who dare to roam openly and freely. They also staged protest demonstration before the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar with identical appeal for arrest.
The background of the incident, as narrated in the petition, is that two indigenous tribal women namely Limuonpuii (35) and Gracy Hmar (28) both married and residents of Hmarkhawlien, poor vendors, selling vegetables near Oriental High School of this town were taken aback when the culprits began to assault them physically. The ground for such inhuman act was that the accused on the wrong pretext that a puppy dog was on sale and ready to be slaughtered for its meat by the tribal women in question. The accused persons backed by some others began to first abuse the tribal women and then physically assaulted them in broad day light.
The accused, it was further pointed out, took the video of the incident and made it viral on social network. The incident took place on November 24 of the last year and went viral on December 4 of the same year. This caught the attention of sensible and responsible people who decided to approach the higher authorities of the district for justice to the helpless and poor tribal women. It was most unfortunate that the victims tried to explain that the puppy dog was set free and that there was no intension on their part to sell it.
But, the adamant accused and their supporters would not listen to any reasoning. The assault was so brutal that the two ladies suffered injuries. Gracy Hmar is bed ridden and continues to be in a state of shock and trauma. Being pregnant, she suffered miscarriage and on the day of the incident she had to be hospitalized at Silchar Medical College and Hospital. Both the victims are mentally disturbed. The petition describes the assault on them as a gross violation of human rights as guaranteed in the Indian Constitution and is against the spirit of SC/ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act.
Considering the enormity of the situation, the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police are prevailed over to take immediate action against the accused against whom criminal miscellaneous case has been filed vide case no. 982/2018 and 983/2018 respectively. It is the expectation of the petitioner that for the sake of justice and greater public interest, the accused would soon be booked and dealt with as per the provisions of law.