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Northeast Students Protest Rally In Delhi
By: James Ruolngul



New Delhi, 25th July 2005: The Northeast students in Delhi under the aegis of the North East Students' Joint Action Committee (NESJAC) on Monday, 25th July 2005 staged a protest rally in Delhi.

The NESJAC was formed on 10th June 2005 in the wake of increasing rape cases of Northeast girls, and the manifestation of communal and racist tendencies targeting the people of the Northeast working and studying in Delhi.

The protesters started their march from Mandi House at 2:00 PM and proceeded towards Parliament Street.

More than 2000 students from various student communities of Northeast India joined the demonstration to voice their concern and protest against the derogatory treatments, imposition of dress codes, sexual discriminations, harassments and molestations, lackadaisical commitment of government officials to follow up cases and complaints of the Northeast people, and callous attitudes meted out to them by the people in Delhi.

Some of the placards the demonstrators carried during the rally shouts - "Dress code? Under whose Constitution", "Delhi Rape Capital of the World", "Where are the Rapists? Everywhere except in Jail!", "When will dialing 100 be of use?"

At Parliament Street, PA Sangma and North East MPs addressed the crowd, affirming their support to the causes of the student community.

Enormous cheers were heard when various students' organisations gave speeches to the rally-goers.

The demonstration ended with a Cultural Show "The Silent Voices" by the Hmar Students' Association (HSA) depicting the helpless plights of the Northeastern students, the hard-bitten attitudes of the people of Delhi and the indifferences of the Government towards them.

A memorandum was also submitted to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh highlighting the plights of the Northeast students and requesting his immediate intervention to protect the rights and privileges of the Northeast people.

The memorandum can be downloaded here:

http://www.hmar.net/pdf/NESJAC_Memorandum.pdf


* Courtesy :: Lalremlien Neitham
Email :: lalremlien@yahoo.com

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