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Thursday, December 2, 2010

BEAUTIFUL NORTH EAST GIRLS

What is so special of the
North East girls? We need
to find out the motives of
the Delhi people or other
Indian's mindset that leads
to frequent eve-teasing,
molestation and rape of
our girls?
"North East girls are very
beautiful", said one of the
Editors of a premier
fashion and modeling
magazine based in National
Capital Region (NCR).
"Their skins are
flawless...they are little
angels, we need new faces
from these regions." I got
this remark while working
for a Fashion magazine as
Executive Editor. Today, I
am quoting his words in
the backdrop of the recent
molestation and
harassment of North East
girls by their landlord.
The tragic incident in the
early hours of December
13, 2008 where the
landlord knocked at the
door of a rented room at
Sikandrapur, DLF Phase-I in
Gurgaon is another crime
meted out to our girls in
Delhi and its adjoining
areas. The two girls had
come to Gurgaon on
December 11 in search of a
suitable job. In the very
week of the International
Human Rights Day, our girls
are humiliated and
discriminated. And the law
of the country is protecting
the culprits, as usual.
According to a reliable
source from the New
Delhi-based North East
Support Centre and
Helpline (NESCH), the two
girls were sleeping when at
around 2.30 a.m. on
December 13, their
landlord knocked the door.
The girls had suspected his
attention and refused to
open their door. The
consequences was not
good, he repeatedly barged
the door, abusing them for
the delay in letting him in.
Frightened and hapless, the
girls had pleaded for
mercy. They even requested
to meet them in the
morning. The landlord was
adamant to sneak into
their room. The girls tried
to call SOS of Police, which
did not work out. Later
they raised an alarm for a
Manipuri friend, who also
stays in the same locality.
When they came to rescue
the girls, the landlord and
his gangs had beaten them
and chased away.
Thereafter, the two girls
were tortured, abused, and
molested. They were
confined to secluded room
and even threatened to
rape them. All their
belongings were looted-
money, cloths and camera.
The event should not be
taken lightly. We should
pledge this one to be the
last incidence of crime
against our girls. We need
to unite and come
together to protect
ourselves. Integrity and
unity is the answer now.
The north east states of
India are divided into
different communities and
sub-castes, may be 500
groups (both officially and
non officials). These
fragmentation and division
make us weak and
powerless in any issues. Our
road to solidarity is often a
failure. We are unable to
punish culprits in the
earlier molestations or rape
cases. This encourages the
offenders to continue their
exploitations and tortures
our girls from time to time.
They have taken undue
advantages of the internal
differences and clashes
among us. Collectively, we
should have a powerful
voice soon!
North East girls are the
most beautiful female in
India. Their looks are so
innocent, pure and symbol
of truth and sincerity. They
always respect the elders,
addressing - bhaiya, uncleji,
auntyji etc. This makes
them extraordinary from
other girls. However, they
have been harassed,
abused and discriminated
every day. They are the
cynosure of soring eyes. No
one spares them -
shopkeepers, auto rickshaw
drivers and bus conductors.
The people from mainland
forget to realize these girls
have travelled 4000
kilometers from their
home to study and work.
There are also girls from
other states of India. And
not a single report of rape,
molestation or eve-teasing
against the girls from
Madhya Pradesh, Kerala,
Tamil Nadu or Bihar.
However, we heard of
raping and molesting
foreign tourists from
countries like Germany,
France, Japan, China and
other South Asian
countries in Rajasthan, Goa
or Delhi. Can we compare
our girls with these
foreigners? Is this the
reason for sexually abusing
NE girls? Are we alien here
in India or some refugees
from foreign countries? If
they regard us as foreigner,
then our struggle for a
separate country is
legitimate and politically
acceptable? If it is a fact,
then the Central
government should
proclaimed to the world
that North Eastern states
were never a part of India.
Otherwise, they should
protect and take necessary
actions to save our integrity
and community from
further exploitations in
Delhi or other Indian cities.
What are those physical
structures in our girls that
are a subject of sexual
abuses and crimes? Do they
have more curves than
those North Indian girls,
fetish or more hot (often a
term used by North Indian
man to describe a woman).
Are our girls used to reveal
their assets or body more
than Bipasha, Mallika
Sherawat or Rakhi Sawant?
Does our girls dressed tight
tops, jeans, and deep cut
blouses? No one would
ever find any of our girls in
such wardrobe
mismanagement. The
people of Manipur have
already designed 32
different kinds of dresses
during 12th century A.D. At
that time, Indians were still
uncertain of what to wear
and how to dress sensibly.
Then it is injustice on the
part of Delhi authorities to
impose a dress code for the
NE girls only. Instead they
should dictate strict rules
on Delhi's landlord, Paying
Guest owners and police
personals to protect and
care our girls. The
mainstream media should
stop representing
stereotype image of our
girls as easily available for
party, enjoyment and sex.
We also need to know why
the Biharis (people from
Bihar) owners and
managers of small private
company always search for
NE girls as their Personal
Secretaries or Receptionists
or sales girls in shopping
malls. Why the fashion
photographers wants
models or new face from
our region for bold, inner
wears or compromising
photo shoots? Why so
many beauty parlors recruit
our innocent girls? Why we
have started a so called
live-in culture in rented
rooms, misguiding to our
landlords as brother-sister
relationship. Why so many
MMS scandals are
uploaded online which
depicts immoral acts of our
own girls and boys? And
why our parents and
guardians do not think
twice to question what
type of jobs their daughters
are doing - part time,
freelance or full time? We
need to critically analyze
these unsolved myths, if we
want to protect further
crimes on our community.
Most of our girls are
staying in posh colonies of
New Friends Colony (near
Jamia Milia Islamia), South
Extension Part I and II,
Vasant Kunj, Greater
Kailash I and II, Munirka,
Lajpat Nagar and Kotla in
South Delhi. Every
weekend, these girls will
end up in some bars
around Defence Colony, M-
Block market of Greater
Kailash or Vasant Kunj.
They are also seen in
McDonalds, Pizza Hut and
Multiplexes like the PVR,
3C's or the WAVES. Often
they have a fluent accent
in US or UK English, lavish
lifestyles and extravagance
in Shopping Malls. No one
could say they are our girls.
It seems they felt inferior
to converse in our own
regional dialects. We could
see our girls in public
places like Ansal Plaza or
Lodhi Gardens cajoling,
hugging and kissing their so
called lovers (mostly
outsiders - people not
from our region). When
they saw us among the
crowd, they used to ignore
our presence. Such
behaviors, if properly
noticed by the outsiders
would surely think the girls
have no one to protect
their chastity or morality.
And the horrifying tales of
exploitations, molestations
and rapes continues like
the Dhaula Kuan car rape
case, Munirka business
woman case and the North
Campus cyber café case.
The role of state
government is to deploy
one of the state battalion
in Delhi with a sole
purpose of protecting our
own sisters from the gangs
of Northern India. We may
approach the state
government of 8 states to
send security forces. It may
be the Manipur Rifles, the
Sikkim Police, Assam police
or Nagaland police. There
are battalions of Tamil
Nadu police in Delhi. Such
presence of our police
force will discourage the
people from eve teasing or
harassments to our girls.
Our girls may also feel safe
and secure then.
The MPs from our region
should collectively work,
forgetting about their
political affiliations and
voiced for a North East
Women Commission, in line
with National Commission
for Women (NCW). If there
can be DONER to look
after the development of
our region, why can't we
have separate women
commission to protect our
girls at National level. They
should pressurize the
centre to pass a Bill for the
protection and
preservation of our
identity, culture and unity.
It is a good sign that many
student organizations
based in Delhi are
expressing their support for
the cause of NE states.
Organizations like the
Manipur Student
Association of Delhi
(MSAD) and Assam
Student Association of
Delhi (ASAD) are
spearheading recent issue
of molestations on our
girls. We need more
voluntary participations
from Nagaland, Mizoram,
Meghalaya, Tripura, Sikkim
and Arunachal Pradesh to
have more impact on our
cause for unity and
integrity. We also need
International organizations
like Friends of Assam and
Seven Sisters (FASS) to
support our mission of
uniting the region. Most
importantly, we should
respect our traditions and
cultures. We cannot
duplicate other's lifestyle
which have no place in our
society!
Mohen Naorem is a
freelance media consultant
and editor of The Manipur
Journal, http://
www.manipurjournal.com
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