SIVASAGAR, Aug 30 - The Deputy Commissioner of Sivasagar, Lakhinandan Gogoi ordered an inquiry on Friday and directed an Additional Deputy Commissioner to investigate into an allegedly sensitive comment by Gita Kamrupi, chairperson of Women Power Strengthening Forum (WPSF), Assam, which created a storm in the social media here.
Gita Kamrupi, while briefing mediapersons here, said that there are 200 HIV positive cases in Sivasagar and over 1,500 unregistered sex workers who are allegedly supported by the different social organisations.
The Deputy Commissioner later told mediapersons that the matter is highly sensitive as Gita Kamrupi claimed that she had made the comments on the basis of data received from the district administration.
However, he said that there are different wings of the administration and it was not clear where she found the numbers. In the meantime, several socially conscious women have condemned the comments and an FIR was lodged against Kamrupi in Sivasagar Police Station yesterday. Leading women activists, namely Manika Saikia, Tulika Chetia Yien, Mitali Saikia and many others have demanded action against Gita Kamrupi. Joutha Sangrami Moncha, an umbrella forum of several organisations here burnt an effigy of Gita Kamrupi at Doulmukh Chariali on Saturday and protested against her alleged remarks.
Meanwhile, talking to this Correspondent from Guwahati, Gita Kamrupi said that a section of media distorted her statement, the content of which was altogether different and far from being communal. She said that an enquiry will bring the truth to light.
She said she made a comment intended for all in Assam who have been weakening women�s power and not against someone in Sivasagar.