Gang rape victim allegedly harassed, beaten by cops

Tikhir organizations submit memo to Nagaland DGP

DIMAPUR, MARCH 10 (MExN): The Tikhir civil society has presented a memorandum to Nagaland’s Director General of Police today alleging that the victim of gang rape on January 12, 2014, was “harassed and beaten” by police officers of the women’s cell of Dimapur police station.

“When the victim and her family went to the women cell police station Dimapur on the evening of (13-01-2014), the police officers on duty had harassed and beaten the victim. Moreover the plea of the victim’s family for medical examination was refused and instead coerced the victim’s family to withdraw the FIR,” noted the memorandum from the Tikhir joint council comprising Tikhir Women Association (TWA), Tikhir Tribal Union Dimapur (TTUD) and Tikhir Students’ Union Dimapur (TSUD).

The victim, a teenager and student, was allegedly abducted and gang raped by Benathung Kikon (20) of Yukham village, Yanthungo Odyou (24) of Yukham village and Wobenthung Ngullie (27) of Nirro village on January 12 this year. The memorandum alleged that the Inspector in-charge, Dimapur Women Police Station, its CIBSI and a C/N (Constable) were the officers involved in harassing the victim on January 13, whose FIR was “re-lodged” and medical examination done only on January 14.

The Tikhir civil society stated that several memorandums were written to the DC and SP, Dimapur, but the progress of the case is “very unsatisfactory.” Hence, the joint council has reiterated that “Serious action as per the law should be taken promptly against all the accused. Moreover no bail should be granted.” The memorandum called for “Serious action as per the Service Rules” to be initiated against the police women promptly with wide information in the print media. The joint council stated that it will initiate further serious necessary action in case of unsatisfactory action to the above demands.

“In case of failure of the above demands, the state Government will be held solely responsible for any untoward incidents to the accused and the errant police women,” noted the memorandum signed by Y. Tushila Caroline, President TWA, N. Yutsu, President TTUD and Peter Limti Tikhir, President TSUD.