Aizawl: Amid heightened Assam-Mizoram border tensions, Mizoram State Commission for Women (MSCW) has accused Assam Police forces of assaulting a Mizo couple on July 26, the day dispute escalated on the border.

MSCW said, “On July 26, (1.30 pm), John Vanlalzawna and his wife Pi Lalsangpuii (28) were assaulted by Assam police and mob and suffered serious injuries while they were on their way back to Mizoram after dropping their relatives in Silchar.”

It said that the couple were confronted by the Assam police and mob while they were en route to Mizoram from Silchar in the border disputed area.

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“They headed for Vairengte with no knowledge of the escalated tension or any warring whatsoever. Having realized that the couple was Mizo, they were stopped and the Assam police and mob dragged them out of their vehicle and let them go after they vandalized their vehicle.”

They were once again stopped and dragged out, and their vehicle was wrecked. “Even after Mr. John Vanlalzawna became unconscious, his wife Pi Lalsangpuii, a lady who could not even have defended herself was assaulted, cursed and spat at. While this ordeal was happening, the CRPF intervened and saved their lives,” MSCW added.

The Women’s Commission highlighted that the incident has left Pi Lalsangpuii with not just body injury but also a “severe mental trauma”.

MSCW has also written to Assam State Commission for Women (ASCW) urging them to restrain their Police and its people towards violence against women and take necessary actions to avoid this kind of incident in the future. Also, the National Commission for Women, Delhi has been informed about the incident.

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