DIPHU, March 31: An awareness meeting on atrocities on women and children and was organised by Karbi Anglong district administration at Circuit House here on Saturday. The meeting was organised seeking suggestions from senior citizens and media persons on prevention of crime against women and children.
The meeting was presided over by deputy commissioner Mridul Kumar Mahanta. In his address, retired IAS officer JI Kathar said there is an upward trend of the cases of atrocities of women and children in the hill district. He said a woman – Kache went missing in Jerikyndeng in West Karbi Anglong district. The police found no clue to the incident.
“Children aged between 6 to 14 years from remote villages are taken away to work as domestic helps. Karbi Anglong has the highest number of cases of children working as domestic helps. These children have to be recovered and restored to their parents,” Kathar said.
He also said, “It is due to poverty that parents cannot send their children to school and instead sent them to other houses to work as a domestic help. Karbi Students Association (KSA) has recovered many such children from Nagaon. More than 3,000 children from Karbi Anglong are engaged as domestic helps in Nagaon, Morigaon, Shillong, Jorhat and other places. It is a case of modern slavery. People should be aware of the crimes on women and child taking place and how it can be prevented.”
Speaking on the occasion, Karbi Nimso Chingthur Asong (KNCA) general secretary Kajek Tokbipi said in cases of atrocities on women, the police are not cooperative.
East Karbi Anglong BJP general secretary Ajit Dey said, “The common people should be conscious against any wrong done to women. Moral Science subject should be given importance in schools to teach children moral values. A helpline can be introduced to get quick information and help pertaining to crime on women and children.”
While Karbi Anglong Asom Jatiyatawadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) president Jitu Hazarika said persons involved in crimes against women should be awarded capital punishment so as to act as a deterrent.
Additional SP, Indranil Baruah said, “It all need to start from home to give respect to women by respecting mother and sisters and girl children of the neighbourhood. Society cannot prosper without women. The safety of women and children is important. The district administration is doing its job, but it is not possible without the cooperation of public. The best thing to prevent atrocities on women and children is having a sense of reasonability towards others. Neighbours caring for each other can prevent incidences in the locality.”
In his address, DC Mahanta urged for cooperation of all in checking atrocities on women and children.