A 76-year-old woman was allegedly raped by two men in Jotsoma, a village on the outskirts of Kohima, the Nagaland capital. The police arrested the culprits after they were apprehended by villagers.
The woman has been admitted to hospital where she is undergoing treatment after the mandatory examinations were carried out. While the incident had occurred Saturday night, the police arrested the accused a day later. “The two culprits who had allegedly committed the crime are in our custody now. Investigations are on. The medical report is also expected soon,” Kohima SP Joseph Hesso said over the telephone Tuesday.
The incident has caused anguish in the hill state with people organising protest rallies and demanding exemplary punishment to the culprits. Another woman, apparently related to the victim, has been also picked up by the police in connection with the incident.
Hundreds of women took part in a protest march in Kohima Monday demanding speedy justice and adequate compensation to the victim. They also demanded that the two culprits should not be granted bail under any circumstances. They have been identified as Adu Nakro and Vezhohu Resuh from Pholomi, a village in the adjoining Phek district and were tenants in a house in Jotsoma.
Temsula Ao, chairperson of the Nagaland State Commission for Women, had recently said “total lack of discipline in social behaviour” coupled with “incompetence of the authorities to maintain proper surveillance of women’s security in general” had led to an alarming increase in incidents of rapes and other crimes against women in the hill state.