Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Violence in Guwahati

See the pictures. It was of the scuffle that broke out in Guwahati between the Adivasis(aborigines) and the local urban people last Saturday (24th Dec, 2007). An Adivasi woman was stripped naked by the rioters; she was running for cover while her shameless tormentors were clicking photo on their mobiles! Do you believe this was happening in a civilized society? The Adivasis were demanding scheduled tribe status. They marched to the state assembly. Their protests turned violent. They damaged shops and vehicles of the local residents. In retaliation, the local residents pounded on the Adivasis, beat the men up, and stripped the women without sparing even the children. It’s everybody’s guess what the police was doing. The Adivasis, of course, did a condemnable act but this does not justify the stripping the women naked. This is not only indecent but also a heinous crime to assault the modesty of a woman. Those arrested should be meted out maximum possible punishment.