NORTH LAKHIMPUR, June 26 - Two unmarried sisters living in abject poverty, disease and unhealthy conditions and duped as well as bullied by tenants were rescued by the timely intervention of a non-government organisation working for the protection of women in North Lakhimpur.
Ashroy Mahila Samaj, the NGO intervened in the case of the two sisters � Sabina and Salma Nasrin, daughters of Late Latifur Rahman of Town Bantow in North Lakhimpur, who were enduring a hellish life with external threats and bullies since the death of their parents. Their father Late Latifur Rahman was an ACS officer who retired from service as an Additional Deputy Commissioner in 1999. The sisters lost their mother in 2013 and father in 2015. Since then they were living in harsh conditions with no income and assets for sustenance.
Taking advantage of their loneliness and financial constraints, some anti-social persons used to forcefully intrude into their homes in the evening and tried to abuse them physically. Their earlier complaints to the nearby Khelmati Police Outpost were unresponsive. In the process, both the sisters developed psychological instabilities. Their instable mental condition was utilised by some individuals, who constructed some shops in front of their house facing NH-15 by arranging tenancy agreements on extremely low market rates and for prolonged periods with a meagre house rent. Further, the tenants have also been irregular in paying the house rents to the sisters and bullied them regularly by forcefully entering their homes and trying to abuse them physically and on a regular basis. The electricity connection to their home was also cut by one tenant who also allegedly threw acid and broke window panes of the house to frighten the two young women.
As these daily ordeals of Sabina and Salma came to the notice of the Ashroy Mahila Samaj, its president Asfia Chawdhury, secretary Tazwar Sultana Talukdar and media adviser Frahana Ahmed, who is also the correspondent of this daily, brought the case to the notice of concerned authorities in North Lakhimpur recently. Based on the initiative by the NGO, the Lakhimpur District Legal Service Authority has taken up the case of the two helpless sisters in addressing their problem. The Lakhimpur district administration has also asked various agencies to extend help and services to the distressed sisters.