SHILLONG, Dec 29: Matrilineal Meghalaya Saturday witnessed women folks taking out to streets mourning the death of the Delhi gang-rape victim even as they demanded justice and safety to women community in the state and the country in particular.
Women and social activists also observed a candle-light vigil at Don Bosco Square in the city before taking out a silent procession.
Besides, the candle-light vigil was also staged in solidarity with a young girl, who was the victim of a gang-rape at Williamnagar in the Garo Hills of the state recently.
Stating that the system has failed women community, the women in their placards demanded “immediate session of parliament to make strong rape laws” besides “medical report be immediately be given to rape victims or their immediate family” and speedy justice for rape victims.
Taking part in the vigil mourning the death of the victim was young Emie Sunn, a 10 year old boy, who demanded that those who committed crimes against women should be hanged.
His demand rooted to the popular demand aired on TV by protesters in Delhi and out of frustration as his parents were glued to the news channel all the time with the news of the gang-rape victim, denying him his cartoon programs.
NGO leaders, feminists, housewives vehemently demanded stringent rules be put in place to deter an offender from committing such crimes in the future.
Meghalaya Governor R S Mooshahary, on the other hand, rued that despite the improvement in the literacy rate (66 – 67 percent), the society continues to face “deteriorating” moral character which resulted in “bulging crime rate” against women, humanity and property.
While pleading for a moral-based education, Mooshahary said “unless we are able to build up people of good character, no matter how high the literacy rate gets, it will be of no use.”
An Assembly committee report on the crime against women pending investigation until December 31 last year was 696 which included 337 rape cases, 135 kidnaps and abduction cases of women and girls, 127 molestation and 18 sexual harassment cases.
The report said that there were 134 rape cases last year alone of which only 81 were solved.