Victim is a 13-year old minor girl
Dimapur, April 13: In a shocking incident, a Government officer and his Government teacher wife have been taken into custody for allegedly “brutally assaulting” their domestic worker, a 13-year old minor girl.
In separate statements, Kohima based Konyak organizations identified the officer as Rulanthung Lotha, a SDFO in the Fishery Department and his wife Mhalo Ezung, an SSA teacher. The statement said the accused are from Longsa village under Wokha District.
Vehemently condemning the assault on the minor working, reportedly working as a babysitter, the KNSK Kohima Unit in a statement said both Rulanthung Lotha and his wife gave contradictory allegations against the child, which it said is not acceptable.
“The minor is falsely accused of stealing banana, drinking juice and Rs 10,000, which is baseless,” it said.
The KNSK also termed as unfortunate that the accused wife verbally abused officials from various organizations even in front of Child Helpline officials and police, which the KNSK said only shows “her insensible and aggressive behaviour”.
The statement lamented that it is women who are playing “a role negatively as mothers and housewives” by employing children to do daily chores depriving them of their childhood and educational opportunities in proper sense.
The statement also termed as unfortunate that in spite of KSUK, KU and KNSK giving awareness campaign on child trafficking for domestic helpers and baby sitters, it has been increasing creating nuisance and giving rise to child abuse at an alarming rate.
“The innocent children are being are meted out inhuman treatment which are not acceptable in a civilized society,” it said.
“This is the time to wake up and say No to Child Trafficking and stop this crime against children,” it stated.
The statement informed that KSUK had filed an FIR and both the husband and wife are under police custody now. “We further awaits for justice,” it added.
The Konyak Students’ Union Kohima and Longchang Area Union Kohima have also strongly condemned the assault which came to light on April 12.
“The regularly torture and assault meted out against the victim by him and his wife is inhuman and such act cannot be tolerated,” it said in a joint statement.
Appealing to the appropriate authority to immediately initiate legal course of action and impose befitting punishment as per the law of the land against the two culprits, the union said it shall not be held responsible for any eventualities that may arise out of the loophole “in the course of adjudication”. It further appealed to all the right thinking citizens to condemn such inhuman act and requested the law enforcing authority to deliver justice to the victim without delay and reward stringent punishment to the culprit, who, they said should not be granted bail at any cost. (Page News Service)