GUWAHATI, April 10 - Voluntary organisation Women in Governance�North East (WinG NE) has condemned the alleged intimidation and threats to its member, Bondita Acharya, a women�s rights activist from Jorhat, by Bajrang Dal and individuals for expressing her opinion on beef eating on her Facebook account.
She was intimidated and warned of dire consequences like death, gang rape and acid attack for her comment on the issue. The bullies have also asked her to apologise in public for her comment.
The WinG NE said in a statement here today that it considers this threat issued to Bondita Acharya as a violation of her fundamental rights to life and freedom of expression and belief enshrined in the Constitution of India and human rights protected by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which India is a state party.
WinG NE asserts that consumption of beef is just another food habit and intrinsically associated with the cultural practices of indigenous communities and certain national minority groups. The threats from Bajrang Dal to Bondita for her comments on beef simply constitute insensitivity and disrespect for the cultures and traditions of indigenous communities and certain minority groups in the Northeastern region of India.
WinG NE demands the Bajrang Dal and others with Hindutva agenda immediately withdraw all their threats and intimidation to Bondita and other woman leaders of the Northeast. The Bajrang Dal would have to take full responsibility in the event of any untoward incident involving Bondita emerging out of their threats and intimidation.
It further said that the Government of India should respect, recognise and allow full-fledged consumption of beef and all kinds of food, applicable in accordance with traditions and customs of all indigenous peoples of the Northeast. Moreover, the government should stop all forms of imposition of religious and other cultural practices incompatible to the practices and traditions of the communities in the region.