DIMAPUR, JULY 2: The Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) has criticised both the Union Government and the State Government over the extension of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act for another 6 months.
In a representation addressed to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, the NMA said it was deeply concerned at the extension of AFSPA in Nagaland and “the role of the State in allowing this draconian law to be extended, without any protest”.
It expressed strong protest and questioned the extension of AFSPA “at such a critical period when there is no armed confrontation”, and all NPGs and the people are waiting for the Naga Accord to be signed.
“The Government of India seems insensitive to the sufferings and trauma this inhuman draconian law has brought over the decades to the Naga populace, including our women and children who have been victims of countless army atrocities and so much precious lives lost due to militarisation and fake encounters. Justice is still to be seen in the pending cases of such violation of human rights.
“As elected leaders and representatives of the people in the State, where women constitute almost half of the population, we expect that our leaders will be equally sensitive to our history of suffering under this dreaded Act and ensure that the AFSPA is lifted and not extended again and again. These repeated extensions of the AFSPA are tantamount to creating an atmosphere of distrust and indicates the total helplessness of the State police force, which is very misleading. Cases of extortion and other disturbances are under purview of the State police and should not be the reason for citing such an extension”, it maintained.
The NMA appealed to the Government to reconsider its stand and move for repeal of the AFSPA at the earliest if peace is to be sustained for the Naga future.
(Page News Service)