In a heinous incident, not new to the rural North East India, a woman from rural Kokrajhar district near the Indo- Bhutan border was allegedly gang raped by Jawans of SSB on the night of 10th September.
As per reports, a deaf and dumb 35 year old woman Deobari Basumatary, wife of Amal Basumatary was gang raped at night in front of her husband by the SSB Jawans. The incident happened at village No.1 Sonapur under Bismuri Police in the Kokrajhar district of Assam.
According to Amal Basumatary, husband of the victim, a group of SSB Jawans forcefully entered their house at around 11.30 pm, manhandled him and raped his wife in front of him. Later they dragged her to a nearby place and repeatedly raped her one after another.
The victim, Deobari Basumatary, her husband and the villagers, including the Gaonbura, came to Bismuri to file an FIR against the SSB Jawans on 11th September.
Noted human rights organization Borosa Foundation for Peace, Democracy and Human Rights have taken up the matter and have made a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) about the matter. In a press release issued by the organization, they have stated that “these incidents have exposed an ugly anti-people attitude of some rowdy and indiscipline Jawans involved in the crimes who are otherwise deployed to help in protecting lives and properties of the innocent people and maintain law and order in the trouble torn region”. Condemning the incident, the organization stated that these are clear examples of Human Rights violation and because no appropriate actions was taken so far to punish the culprits involved in previous incidents, the crimes have been repeated again and again in the district.
Mentionable that some months back, one Manek Goyary of village Tharaibari of Choraikola was also reportedly raped by six 15 Dogra regiment stationed at Adabri on 20th April, 2011. An FIR was lodged at Kokrajhar police station but to no effect.
The incident has once again put a question mark over the functioning of the Indian security and defense forces in the north eastern region and the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) which is active in the region in spite of stiff resentment by the people of the region.
Correction: This news item headlines previously mentioned the incident to be an act of Indian Army. Corrections have been made to this news item and we would like to clarify that the accused here was SSB Jawans and not that of Indian Army. We regret the unintended. It is be mentioned that SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal) is a Central armed police force under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India and not same as the national Army. – Times of Assam