Control Arms Foundation of India
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February 2017
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Dear Friends,

Warm greetings from Control Arms Foundation of India & Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network.

India is a land of great diversity consisting of 29 states and 7 union territories. Often the term "Unity in Diversity" has been used to reflect the country's immense diversity. It has also been used to promote the various socio cultural differences of the many communities settled in vastly different regions. "Diversity' means more than just acknowledging and/ or tolerating differences. The concept signifies respect and appreciation of different cultures, race, ethnicity, gender, socio - economic status, age, physical abilities etc; and in our country, there is much need to support and protect diversity. Individuals and groups must be valued and be freed from prejudice. Hence, it is extremely important to foster a climate of equity and mutual respect which are intrinsic for a peaceful nation to grow and develop.

"Deepening Diversity Women Rights and Democracy in India" is a program Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) started with an aim to address the issues of increasing violence against women and girls in conflict zones as well as the rise in case of growing intolerance and racial violence in India. CAFI is closely working with committed stakeholders to contribute in solving the issues of Gender Based Violence (GBV) especially in conflict zones of India and racial discrimination in the country. The goal is to deepen diversity and to raise awareness on the injustice prevailing all across India. By adopting mechanisms such as improved and strengthened civil society responses, taking initiatives, engaging local authorities and government structures as well as international efforts, the focus is on the need to solve these issues. Through these efforts, CAFI hopes that it will help in ensuring an inclusive and sustainable growth in India.

Please find the February 2017 issue newsletter here; providing news related to Gender Based Violence, rape cases and racial violence and the efforts to ensuring diversity.
events of the months
events of the months
Against Brutal Sexual Assault & Rape on 18 Feb 2017 at Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

at Hauz Khas Village
on February 21, 2017
Participatory Community Meeting - Working Towards Mitigating Racial Discrimination & Gender Based Violence
- Guwahati, Assam
- February 14, 2017
Group Formation Meeting - Towards Mitigating Racial Discrimination & Gender Based Violence with Focus on Sexual Violence in Conflict Areas of Manipur
- Phungreitang East, Ukhrul
- February 13, 2017
Group Formation and Participatory Community Meeting
- LNC Hotel, Kangpokpi Bazaar, Manipur
- February 12, 2017
Participatory Community Meeting - Working Towards Mitigating Racial Discrimination & Gender Based Violence in Delhi - NCR
- Conference Hall, Control Arms Foundation of India, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi.
- February 8, 2017
News of the month

CAFI's work reported in the Media in the month of February

WION NEWS - Straight Talk with activisit and author Binalakshmi Nepram: Binalakshmi Nepram speaks on the violence against in the North-east, elections in Manipur and her reflection on Sharmila Chanu's politics
Source: www.wionews.com
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Protest At Hauz Khas Village Against Rape of Northeastern Woman
Source: Thequint.com | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Victim blaming.. rape culture.. misogyny... Hauz Khas Village today witnessed a protest against the sexual assault and rape, and the subsequent victim blaming, of the 24-year-old Northeastern woman who wasraped at the Deer Park on Saturday night. Read More>>

Activists hold candlelight vigil
Source: Htimesofindia.indiatimes.com | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Women Groups formed in Ukhrul to Mitigate Racial Discrimination and Gender Based Violence
Source: E-pao.net, February 18, 2017
Women Groups Successfully formed in Ukhrul District of Manipur to Mitigate Racial Discrimination and Gender Based Violence with focus on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Read More>>

News of Northeast

Assam

Protests erupt across Assam over girl's harassment
Source: The Shillong Times, 16 February 2017
Protests erupted across Assam, including Guwahati, on a girl's Facebook post about allegedly being molested in Jorhat town by a group of motorbike riding youths and a state minister's reaction to her posting. Read More>>

Sex tape of Assam BJP MLA surfaces
Source: The Shillong Times, 19 February 2017
A purported sex tape allegedly involving a ruling BJP MLA, who is also a prominent tribal leader, has surfaced in Assam. Read More>>

Meghalaya: Woman from state harassed by 3 men in Guwahati-Thiruvananthapuram Express
Source: The North East Today, 19 February 2017
A Meghalaya woman was allegedly harassed by three Keralite men during a train journey in Guwahati Express on Friday night. According to the woman' complaint filed to the police, the three unidentified men tried to grab her while she was sleeping in the second AC compartment of the Guwahati-Thiruvananthapuram Express. Read More>>

Manipur

Peace rally on violence against women taken out
Source: The Sangai Express, 1 February 2017
Under the theme 'blessed are the peace makers' a rally was organised by Rongmei Lu Phuam, Assam, Manipur and Rani Gaidinliu and Thuicham Resource Centre today. Read More>>

Legal aid clinic inaugurated
Source: The Sangai Express, 1 February 2017
Under the supervision of Manipur State Legal Service Authority and District Legal Services Authority Thoubal, Para Legal volunteers of Yairipok opened a Legal Aid Clinic at Yairipok Bishnunaha Awang Leikai today. Read More>>

One stop centre inaugurated
Source: The Sangai Express, 2 February 2017
For the first time in Manipur, under the directive of Ministry of Child and Welfare Development, a one stop centre was opened for the welfare of women at Thoubal Mini secretariat complex today. Read More>>

Minor sexually 'assaulted'
Source: The Sangai Express, 8 February 2017
An eight year old minor girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by one of her cousin brothers and she was admitted to Raj Medicity. Read More>>

Meghalaya

Only 26 victims get compensation in 2 years
Source: The Shillong Times, 1 February 2017
There are only 26 beneficiaries till date who have received monetary support under the Meghalaya Victim Compensation Scheme, 2014, despite numerous cases, mostly rapes of women and children, reported across the State. Read More>>

Minors, woman raped; 2 arrested
Source: The Shillong Times, 1 February 2017
Two persons have been arrested for sexually assaulting two minor girls at Resubelpara in North Garo Hills. The district police said the two persons have been identified as Nikan R Marak (35) and Danit Sangma (19). Read More>>

Juvenile arrested in rape charge
Source: The Shillong Times, 4 February 2017
Jowai Police apprehended one juvenile of Shangpung Village (WJH) in connection with Protection of Child from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.Police said that he was involved in two to three cases of rape and attempted rapes following which he was arrested but he escaped from the Juvenile Home. Read More>>

Now, teacher accused of raping student in Sohiong
Source: The Shillong Times, 6 February 2017
An alleged rape of a student by her teacher after blackmailing her with a video, was reported in an FIR lodged with the Sohiong police outpost on Saturday. Read More>>

Meghalaya: Post Blackmailing, Teacher Allegedly Rapes Student
Source: Northeasttoday.in, February 6, 2017
A teacher in Meghalaya has been accused of raping a girl after blackmailing her for a year, in this connection an FIR lodged with the Sohiong police outpost on Saturday. Read More>>

Mentally unstable woman raped
Source: The Shillong Times, 7 February 2017
A mentally unstable woman was raped in a village in West Jaintia Hills recently. Police said the incident took place on February 3 when one Klik Lawai (45) raped the 46-year-old mentally unstable woman at Umladang village. Read More>>

Man attempts rape on 5-yr-old daughter
Source: The Shillong Times, 10 February 2017
A person allegedly attempted to rape his five-year-old daughter in a village in West Jaintia Hills. Read More>>

FIR against cops for negligence in minors' sexual assault case
Source: The Shillong Times, 11 February 2017
A complaint has been lodged against West Khasi Hills Police for dereliction of duty in a case related to sexual assault of two minor girls. Read More>>

Man held for raping 13-yr-old
Source: The Shillong Times, 11 February 2017
A youth was arrested on Friday for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl at Pynursla in East Khasi Hills. Read More>>

DTO suspended for raping minor step-daughters
Source: The Shillong Times, 15 February 2017
An official source said on Tuesday that the commissioner and secretary of the Transport Department, T. Dkhar, had issued the suspension order on Monday considering the gravity of the matter and also based on the service rules. Read More>>

50-year-old arrested for rape attempt on minor
Source: The Shillong Times, 16 February 2017
South West Khasi Hills Police has arrested a 50-year-old man for attempting to rape a 9-year-old girl in the district. Based on the FIR lodged by the mother of the victim, police on Wednesday arrested one Atul Pal of Nongjri for allegedly trying to rape the minor on February 14. Read More>>

Rape incidents reported from various districts
Source: The Shillong Times, 17 February 2017
Three rape cases have been reported from different districts of the state in the last few days. A woman lodged a complaint that on February 13, one unidentified taxi driver took her 20-year-old daughter to an unknown destination and raped her. Read More>>

Whopping 1,248 cases of crimes against women pending in Courts
Source: The Shillong Times, 20 February 2017
As many as 1,248 cases related to various crimes against women are pending in many courts in Meghalaya. Read More>>

Nagaland

Perils of social media: Nagaland girl befriends Delhi trafficker on Facebook, rescued just in time
Source: Hindustan Times, 1 February 2017
Social media is the new hunting ground for human traffickers, looking to push minor girls into prostitution. A 17-year-old girl from Nagaland was recently rescued from an airport in neighbouring Manipur as she was about to board a flight to the Capital on a ticket sent to her by a Delhi-based man. Read More>>

2 killed, 11 injured in 'Bloody Tuesday'
Source: Nagaland Post, 1 February 2017
It was a 'Bloody Tuesday' in Nagaland on January 31, 2017 when the mass agitation against the state government, claimed the life of two youth in police firing in Dimapur and injuring three others; while seven were also injured in police firing in Longleng town. Read More>>

Delhi-NCR & Others

HIV-positive man held for molesting minor
Source: The Shillong Times, 5 February 2017
Delhi: In a shocking incident, a 52-year-old HIV patient has been arrested for allegedly having "oral sex" with the minor son of his tenant in east Delhi's Mandawali area, police said on Saturday. Read More>>

Manipur women allege racism by private airline staff
Source: The Sangai Express / India Today, 7 February 2017
Two women from Manipur who were taking a flight from Delhi to Amsterdam on Sunday, have alleged racism and harassment on the part of four Jet Airways staff who stopped them just before immigration at Delhi Airport Read More>>

Minor domestic help from Assam rescued
Source: The Shillong Times, 13 February 2017
An 11-year-old girl from Assam, who was allegedly forced into domestic work, was rescued by police and members of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) from a house in R K Puram area here, an official said on Sunday. Read More>>

Woman from Manipur raped in Delhi's Hauz Khas village!
Source: The North East Today, 19 February 2017
A 24-year-old woman from the northeast was allegedly raped by a man near Delhi's Hauz Khas village, police said today. Read More>>

Hauz Khas rape: Suspect, aide identified by Delhi Police, could be minors
Source, Hindustan Times, 21 February 2017
A day after a 24-year-old student from Nagaland was allegedly raped inside south Delhi's Deer Park around 2 am on Sunday, police claimed to have identified the alleged rapist as well as his friend. Read More>>

Case filed against molestation of city woman in Delhi
Source: The Shillong Times, 21 February 2017
Police in Gurgaon registered a case of molestation of a woman from Shillong, who prevented a rape attempt by the driver of an auto rickshaw in Delhi. Read More>>

Rape case in Gurgaon against former BJP MLA Vijay Jolly
Source: www.indianexpress.com, February 23, 2017
A RAPE case has been registered against BJP leader and former Delhi MLA Vijay Jolly in Gurgaon, on the basis of a complaint filed by a Delhi-based woman alleging that he sexually assaulted her at a hotel in Gurgaon. Read More>>

Gurgaon: Couple booked for 'trafficking' 17-year-old girl
Source: www.hindustantimes.com
A 17-year -old girl, who was allegedly trafficked, raped and tortured, was rescued after she complained about her ordeal to a businessman in whose house she was sent as a domestic help in DLF Phase 3. Read More>>

UP's Peace Party chief booked for raping nursing student, culpable homicide
Source: Hindustan Times, Feb 25, 2017
In yet another controversy in Uttar Pradesh politics, a police case was filed against Dr Mohd Ayub, the national president of the Peace Party, for allegedly raping a 22-year-old nursing course student and killing her by giving wrong medicines. Read More>>

ARTICLES

Plight of Northeastern women - victims of orthodoxy in their home states, targets for sexual abuse in rest of India
After a girl from Nagaland was brutally raped in the desolate deer park in Delhi's Hauz Khas area, there were police officials as well as members of the public advising Northeastern girls to stop partying and behave themselves in order to stay safe. Read More>>

Municipal polls in Nagaland have pitted gender equality against tribal customary laws
Nagaland would have seen a landmark day on February 1. After more than 10 years, urban local body polls had been scheduled in the state and, for the first time, with 33% reservation for women. Read More>>

Cultural chauvinism and Gender in North East India
The unrest in Nagaland on women's reservation to the Urban Local bodies (ULBs) has grabbed major headlines beginning February 2017. It was on December 21st, 2016 that elections for 32 ULBs were notified by Read More>>

Upcoming events
International Women's Day Celebration

Date: March 8, 2017
Time 10.30 am to 1.45 pm
Venue: Auditorium, Mizoram University
Race, Language, Culture: Locating the Northeast In India Observing International day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Date: March 30, 2017
Time: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm
Venue: Auditorium, IP College, Delhi University, 31, Sham Nath Marg, Civil, Lines, Delhi- 110054
Delhi
Control Arms Foundation of India
B 5 / 146, First Floor, Safdarjung Enclave,
New Delhi - 110 029, India

Email: cafi.communique@gmail.com
Phone: (011) 46018541/ 26166234
Website: www.cafi-online.org
Manipur
Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network
Langthabal Mantrikhong, Thong Ahanbi, Old Palace Road
Imphal West-795003, Manipur,
Northeast India

Email: womensurvivorsnetwork@gmail.com, reenamutum@gmail.com
Phone: (0)9774357042
Website: www.womensurvivorsnetwork.org
Assam
Northeast India Survivors Support, Peace & Diversity Centre
Mother Teresa Road, Hatigaon, Guwahati - 38, Assam