Manipuri girl molested in New Delhi restaurant, owner held

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New Delhi, Aug 31: North East Support Centre has condemned the Connaught Place Restrobar molestation and demanded law enforcement authority to act for exemplary punishment. Panic has spread across Delhi and NCR among North East Indian girls working in unorganized sectors.
According to source reaching to North East Support Centre, New Delhi, Archana (name changed) from Manipur was working at Restrobar at L Block Connaught Place, New Delhi for the past three months was alone on first floor watching TV when the manager of the Restrobar abused her sexually, pushed her from a chair and attacked with a fork on August 29. When she raised an alarm other staff of the Restrobar came in her rescue. She suffered injuries on her neck with the fork and medical examination was conducted on her at the Ram Lohia Memorial Hospital, New Delhi and a case of molestation registered against the manager.
Madhu Chandra, spokesperson of the North East Support Centre, New Delhi said, “Racial and gender-based violence against girls from North East India goes unprecedented in Delhi and NCR for the last five years. There is panic spread among the North East girls working in non-organized private sectors. Until and unless exemplary action to punish the perpetrators, the gender-based violence faced by the people from North East India will not stop.”
NE Helpline has recorded 75 crimes committed against people from North East India living in Delhi and NCR. Only 43 percent of the crimes were registered in police stations while 57 percent cases were not registered in police crime record. The molestation cases are 35 percent, rape 4 percent, beating girls 8 percent, murder 5 percent, attempted rape 1 percent, and misbehaviour 4 percent.
North East Support Centre also appealed to the public to be aware of false promises of jobs offered to young girls and boys and free education for children. There have been reports of many young girls and boys from North East Indian states where boys and girls were trafficked with false promise of jobs and free education.
“What worries more now apart from racial and gender-based violence is the fear of human trafficking targeting North East girls, particularly related to upcoming Commonwealth Games in October,” said Chandra.
North East Support Centre and Helpline has joined with the Pratigya – Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative of Operation Mercy India Foundation and other human rights agencies dealing with human trafficking challenges and soon a helpline number will be provided, where the gender-based violence and human trafficking related issues could be contacted for help.
The North East Support Centre and Helpline (www.nehelpline.net) is a combined initiative of various human rights activists, social workers, students, journalists and lawyers seeking to prevent harassment and abuses meted out to women, North East people and tribal communities of different states.
 

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