Guwahati molestation: Will victim get justice amid violence?

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Guwahati, Jul 26: Three weeks after the horrible Guwahati molestation incident, the victim has not received justice yet. Will the victim get justice when the rest of Assam is burning?

Assam police are expected to produce the main accused Amar Jyoti Kalita in court on Thursday, Jul 26. Kalita was arrested in Varanasi on Jul 23. He was on the run for two weeks and finally was compelled to surrender himself before Uttar Pradesh police.

The Assam police took over Kalita's custody from Varanasi cops and brought him back to Guwahati. With Kalita's detention, the total number of arrests in the case has become 14. All others including the TV journalist Gaurav Jyoti Neog has been sent to judicial custody.

Now Kalita will be produced before the court at such a time when clashes between minority immigrants and Bodos in lower Assam's Dhubri have been ignited by the fresh violence in Baksa district. Death toll mounted to 41.

Indefinite curfew and shoot-at-sight orders continued in worst-affected Kokrajhar district where 25 persons have lost their lives while night curfew is on in Chirang, which accounted for 15 deaths, and Dhubri where one person was killed.

It is believed that Assam and other parts of North-East India are being neglected by the mainstream media. But since last three weeks, news from Assam have been making the headlines. First the shocking molestation video stirred all and then the riots news compelled everyone to think about the most neglected region in the country.

On Jul 10, a local TV channel News Live aired a video in which a teen girl was molested by a mob of more than 50 men in public outside a pub in Guwahati, Assam. Initially, the channel claimed that they have helped the police to identify the culprits whose faces were captured in the video. The molestation video went viral on the internet through YouTube.

Soon a different story surfaced following the revelation of the RTI activist and Team Anna member Akhil Gogoi who asserted that the TV journalist of News Live channel - Gaurav Jyoti Neog had allegedly helped and encouraged the mob to strip the girl. The TV journalist was accused of prompting the accused to molest the girl in order to increase their TRP with the sensational video. Soon the journalist and the editor-in-chief Atanu Bhuyan resigned from their respective posts.

Subsequently, the horrible riots news followed. More than 50,000 people have taken shelter in 75 relief camps set up by the district authorities, most of them in worst-affected Kokrajhar district. However, police officials claim that the situation in the state is under control now.

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