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Violence against women is a shameful act: Mizoram CM

Aizawl | December 9 : "Crime violence against the fairer sex is a shameful act no matter how advanced we may be," said Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla at Central Young Mizo Association (C-YMA) Hall, Tuikhuahtlang on Wednesday.

The chief minister was speaking at a ‘Fortnightly Campaign On Violence Against Women ‘cum ‘North East Regional Level Consultation on Gender Violence’ organised by MHIP Gen Hqrs, Association of Theologically Trained Women of India, Panchayat Mahila Shakti Abhiyan Core Committee and Centre for Peace and Development.

Lal Thanhawla rued that though the people in our country have gained vast knowledge in all fronts but we have miserably failed to prevent the violence against the women especially in the mainstream India where numerous cases have been registered.

“Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan had rightly called that among violence in human beings, violence against women is extremely a shameful act. Even Amnesty International also protest and condemned against violence on women,” said Lal Thanhawla. Urging journalists to be careful while reporting such cases, the chief minister asked journos not to cross ethics of journalism.

Lal Thanhawla then claimed that incidents of violence on women are much less in Mizoram as compared to other states. This is because Mizos share one language, one religion and above that caste and dowry problems are absent.

A participant of today's programme lamented that there are laws to prevent violence against women, there are police personnel to keep a check on these events and there are seminars and symposiums to analyze the matter and make recommendation. However, on ground level nothing seems to be working.

Meanwhile, altogether 40 cases of minor rape cases have been recorded by the police during this year, despite the fairer sex holding high position in Mizo society, social activists of the state said.

Secretary of Centre for Peace and Development Angela Ch Ralte said that there are 21 cases of rape, 13 cases of physical violence and four incidents of domestic violence in 2009. Ralt's data has been based on police records.
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