Tripura: Online Protests Erupt Following Gang-rape Of A 17-year-old Girl

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Within a week, three back to back incidents of rape have triggered protests in the Northeast Indian state of Tripura, this includes two gang rapes in Khowai district. A 17-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by five people in a car on Tuesday, and in a separate incident a 30-year-old housewife and a seven-year-old child were allegedly abused, in Tripura. Meanwhile, a group of student activists in Tripura have started protesting online, demanding action against the accused in the  teen gangrape case. They have formed a group ‘Stand Against Rape’ and are urging people to raise their voices against increasing cases of rapes in Tripura.

A case has been registered by the 17-year-old girl who was allegedly gang-raped in Khowai district of Tripura. The FIR states that the minor girl, who hails from Mungiakami village, went to Chakmaghat to meet her boyfriend, but on her way back she was picked up by one of her relatives. This group of five men then allegedly raped her in a car. They later dumped her at Teliamura from where the survivor somehow managed to call her boyfriend who took her to the hospital.

The 17-year-old girl has lodged an FIR at Teliamura police station in Tripura on July 21. “The minor in her FIR alleged that she had come to meet her friend and on her way back home, she met with one of her friend’s fiancé who offered her a ride back home. She boarded the car since no auto-rickshaw was available in the evening. The boy was with some of his friends took the car to a secluded spot and gang-raped her. She was later dropped near her home at 8 pm,” police station informed, East Mojo reported.

In another incident, a housewife from Karailongpara village in Tripura filed a complaint of molestation and rape against a 21-year-old youth of the area who also allegedly sexually assaulted a child in the same house. This happened in the same week and the accused was soon arrested.

What You Should Know

  • Students across Tripura are demanding capital punishment for the accused in the teen gangrape case.
  • A 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped by five people in a car on Tuesday in Tripura. 
  • Another incident of abuse of a housewife and child was also reported in Tripura.

Online protests against gang rape in Tripura

Following the incident of the 17-year-old girl’s alleged gangrape, Asmira Debbarma, a post-graduate student of Political Science at Tripura University, started a social media protest. Many other students joined her in this protest and the campaign with the hashtag #JusticeforTripuragirl is going viral across social media specially in Tripura.

Debbarma said, “We demand the state government to deliver justice to the girl. Not only jail, we demand the death sentence. This case can’t run for 5-10 years. We want fast disposal of the case,” The Indian Express reported. Leaders like Pradyot Kishore Manikya Deb Barman and famous stand-up comedian Abhineet Mishra have joined the protest for the Tripura teen girl.

Debbarma told EastMojo, “We have started an online campaign against the gang-rape that took place in Teliamura. We demand capital punishment for all the five men accused in the incident.”

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Reacting to the incident, Deb Barman took to his Twitter and wrote: “I have spoken to the victim and assured her full help. I appeal to the authorities that a fast track court should also be instituted so that there is no delay in punishment. A rapist has no religion, ethnicity and is someone who will not spare even their family member.#Tripura.”

India has seen some heinous incidents of crime against women during this lockdown. Khowai Superintendent of Police Kiran Kumar assured that most of the accused persons were arrested shortly after the complaints were received.

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