Monday, 28 October 2013

Violence Against Women (VAW)

Posted By: Kame Daima, Admin BODOLAND
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              Few years ago, as I was strolling one evening off the Marina Beach of Chennai, I was stunned to meet a couple from Golaghat district for their “extraordinariness”. They were newly married, and in reply they told me that they are on their honeymoon. I repeat extraordinary because they not only talked in broken Bodo, but the lady was in her dokhona. It made me ashamed because I was with my sister in pants and kurta who was one of the active members of the central AABWF. But I never talked to her about it later.
         It tinged me for a long time and I had a divided opinion on why some of us so adverse to our own culture and upbringing. It took not so longer to get the root causes behind when I made one of my friends who defined it in this way:
   “I start talking in Bodo whenever I meet people from other community, and if that man is a bit comfortable, I finish with my tongue.”
      It is what he had a love for his own upbringing. I have no idea how many non-Bodos use our language, but to be frank, in many parts of our Baksa district they communicate in the language that we use. Some of them are now using Bodo as their means of communication at their home. They even have got a full assimilation to the very fabrics of our community, and these are not by threat or condition but by and cultural exchange inter-marriages to some extent. This is what they love doing it.
     Recently, reliable reports tell about some youths from parts of Udalguri districts using scissors and blades to discipline the astray girls and boys for using offensive dresses. Though we can not estimate the wrath and reaction it brings on the victim and fans, examples are there to adhere to their own choices and never to marry a Bodo!!!
     Time has come to decide and take a constructive decision to reassess the reality, and it should be not to harness a donkey in dry fields. Parents and student bodies should play a pivotal role for the upkeep and upbringing of children’s culture and tradition. Religious institutions’ role would make it more enhancing. Even implementing Bodo code of dress and assembly session in our language in schools and colleges will bring about a satisfying result.
     We have to re-organize the Bodo Cultural Afad on sound footing and with the sole aim of uplifting our culture and tradition. Contradictions if any should be avoided. The Bodos from the heartland of Bodoland should shoulder this role and show a model example. Will and heart should be put together for that.
     I wonder of that marginalized Bodo couple from Golaghat who put me on shame. They convey a message to love our culture and tradition. We owe a great to them with reverence. 

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Violence Against Women (VAW)

Like all over India, women in the NE face violence in the domestic and public spheres. However, conflicts across parts the North East region leave women particularly vulnerable to different types of violence, including sexual violence. Please see resource section to see the recommendations on VAW from Approach papers on 10th,11th and 12th 5 year plans. 
In our early years of work, NEN documented VAW in  the ongoing armed conflicts in the region.  Throughout the years, we have  advocated for policy interventions for addressing VAW. 
In the course of our work, we realized that attention needed to be brought to other forms of violence women face, such as domestic violence and sexual harassment.  In this regard, NEN engages in raising public awareness about gender based violence.  We annually observe the 16 days campaign. Click here to read about the 2010 campaign. We also provide training on the PWDV Act, dissemination of information on the Act in local languages and monitoring implementation of the Act in Assam and Meghalaya. In addition, we are a part of the networks and campaigns both within the NE level and nationally. One recent area of work has been NEN’s awareness raising on the phenomenon of “witch hunting” across Assam. 
We believe that multisector approaches need to be put in place in order to effectively address issues of VAW and its intersections. In this regard we  work with  dorbars (traditional decision making body in Meghalaya), the police department and the health department in Meghalaya.Click here to see the police training manual.
NEN bring out information kits and resource directories of organisations providing support services to women facing violence in Assam, Meghalaya and  Manipur.


The blogger is a software analyst, teacher, social activist and a freelancer and writes about socio-economic, cultural and political issues of the tribes of northeast India. He can be reached in kamedaima@gmail.com and his mobile number is +919954232936
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Result of the last week:
Should ABSU take part in ensuing Parliamentary Election? Your opinion?
A. Yes
74 (77%)

B. No
18 (18%)

C. It should support indirectly
55 (57%)

D. It should support BPF indirectly
25 (26%)

E.  It should support BPPF indirectly
63(66%)
F. It should stand its own candidate
20(21%)
G. It should maintain neutrality
30 (31%)
Total voters: 95 
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