Orgs condemn abduction of salesgirl for ransom

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Dimapur, November 14: The Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW) has strongly condemned the abduction of a young salesgirl from a pharmacy near Zion Hospital, Dimapur on November 9.
The victim was released subsequently on alleged payment of a sum of money. “The trauma that the young girl was subjected to, through no fault of hers, will torture and haunt her all her life,” the NSCW said, adding this is a prime example of harassment that women suffer at the workplace, where the safety and security of women employees are of little concern for the employers, and the women are often subjected to such treatment not only from external forces but also from the employers themselves.
“It is imperative that such basic safeguards are incorporated in the employment infrastructure for a secure working environment for women in the state,” it added.
BAN: The Business Association of Nagas (BAN) has also condemned the abduction of a salesgirl of a pharmacy in East Dimapur and subsequent ransom demand made to the Naga shop owner reportedly by cadres of the NSCN (IM).
It is shameful that a Naga woman was meted with such treatment and it should be condemned by one and all, it said in a press release.
BAN said Naga run businesses are already facing a tough time due to prevailing syndicate system, coming to terms with GST and the fierce competition posed by businesses run by non-locals. “And when NPGs issue threats and demand notes, how can we do business with a peaceful mind? BAN would again like to appeal to our NPG brothers to exempt Naga run businesses from any kind of demands,” it asked.
BAN said it strongly stands by the resolutions adopted by the PAC under the aegis of Naga Council Dimapur during the public rally on 31st October last. BAN said it is committed to protect the rights of Naga business community.
Stating that Naga entrepreneurs and business houses are creating job opportunities when the state Government is not able to provide jobs for Naga youths, BAN said it is the Government’s responsibility to provide a conducive atmosphere in the State for the Naga business community.
Appreciating Dimapur police for apprehending the culprits, BAN request the police to be vigilant and responsive keeping in mind the festive season.
WCH: The Western Chakhesang Hoho has lauded the Dimapur police for arresting the culprits involved in the abduction of one Ao girl at Purana Bazar Dimapur and leading to demand for ransom of Rs 5 lakh.
The WCH condemned such criminal act of self-styled NPGs demeaning Naga national movement by trying to extract money for personal gain at the cost of causing untold harassment to general public and business community.
It urged the concerned authorities whether State Government machineries or the NSCN (IM) authorities to deal with the matter in befitting manner and with truth & justice. “It is high time right prevail above wrong,” it said. (Page News Service)