Women bodies decry apathy to kidnapping and child trafficking issue

IMPHAL, March 21: The Naga Women’s Union (NWU) and Rongmei Lu Phuam (RLP) in a joint press statement has strongly denounced the kidnapping of two minor school boarding girls, Alice Kamei and Sanahanbi Devi from their school boarding of Grace Reach Academy, Hiyanglam Wabagai, Thoubal District by individuals claiming to be RLP/PLA.

The statement said expressed agony over the delay to rescue the abducted minor girls by the Manipur Home Department, and silence of the Manipur Social Welfare Department, Manipur State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Manipur Commission for Women and the irresponsible School authority.

The organizations have also demanded that the government should rescue the two kidnapped minor girls and provide assistance with adequate medical, social, mental rehabilitation and repatriation at the earliest and ensure safety of women and child in the society; institution of independent and impartial judicial inquiry regarding the kidnapping of the two minor girls and immediate action against the school and its boarding.

The statement has also demanded insurance on the safety of girl child and students in all the schools and institutes/Boardings/Hostels and immediate release of the two minor girls by the kidnappers, RPF/PLA without any condition to their respective parents with due respect to the customary laws of the respective communities.

In a separate press statement, the two organizations have further deplored the Manipur Social Welfare Department and the Manipur Police for complete failure to take initiative to secure the state children who were rescued by the Government of Rajasthan.

It further demanded for immediate repatriation of the children from Jaipur, Rajasthan and proper comprehensive rehabilitation and social re-integration of the victims of trafficking in person and survival of rape.  Sufficient number of institutional care centres separately both for boy and girls are set up especially to the hill districts on priority basis in time bound manner so as the victims are re-integrate in their own community, it demanded. “Financial assistance and support services to victims of rape has not been extended to rape survivors of Khoupum despite the lapse of 6 months. The State Social Welfare Department is apprised for expedite action”, it said.

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