In a horrific incident, Champa Chettri, a 20-year-old resident of the Margherita town in the Tinsukia district of Assam, went missing on April 28. When Champa, who belongs to Nepalese community, did not return her parents started searching her.
Days later, a decomposed body was found floating in the Dihing River near Lama Gaon on May 3 and was later identified as Champa Chettri’s body.
It was found that Champa was raped and the accused also tried to burn her body but when they failed, they dumped her in the river.
Reports in Assam media suggests that the police have arrested two youths – Biswajit Chettri and Moinul Ali of Ledo region. They have been charged under sections 366,376 and 342/34 of the IPC.
Protests and candle light marches have erupted in various parts of Assam demanding death penalty for the accused. The All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union (Union) also called for a 12-hour shutdown in Tinsukia district to protest the incident.
“We consider rape followed by murder to be the rarest of rare crimes against women and nothing less than death penalty is a befitting punishment for the accused. Deterrent laws to the extent of chemical castration and death penalty should be awarded to rapists,” said Nanda Kirati Dewan, Member, All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union (AAGSU).
The incident also led to a debate that the case was being ignored by the national media and how difficult it is to garner attention from the rest of the country of such cases from the northeast.
In the rape and murder case of the 30-year-old Dalit student of law from Perumbavoor in Ernakulam, Kerala, the case received national attention, with many calling the victim Kerala’s Nirbhaya.
The Nirbhaya case was the first to garner such public outrage, and the brutality of the case shook the whole country and demanded justice for the victim.