Kohima: Following the recent controversy of Naga women tying rakhi to security forces, the BJP’s Mahila Morcha Nagaland Unit clarified on the incident which was condemned by various organisations.

The party defended the National Secretary of the BJP Mahila Morcha Aienla Jamir, who was slammed by organisations including the Naga Mothers’ Association. The party said that Jamir is a national leader in the party and under the post held, she is invited to many meetings, events and functions within and outside the state.

“As a leader, one has to show respect to the faith and cultures of the places she is invited to. Because religious tolerance and respect for all communities and faith is expected from all in a secular, democratic country,” the party said.

As a political party, when central leaders visit the state, programmes are organised according to “our” faith and culture where everyone participates in it, BJP added.

“Human rights violation is condemnable on all accounts, and we also express concern over this AFSPA. Yet, the Raksha Bandhan event at no point supports this Act,” the party said.

Concerning the picture of Jamir holding an incense stick (agarbatti) which circulated online, the state BJP Mahila Morcha said that it was during an executive meeting in Bokajan, Assam, where Jamir was invited. “There they paid respect and honour to the party’s founding members as per their custom,” it said.

While the party acknowledged those who expressed concern about these recent events, it said that the party, on its part, will continue to “strive and maintain the standards prescribed and expected by all”.

As reported earlier, the Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) and the Global Naga Forum (GNF) had strongly objected to some Naga women tying rakhis to armed forces personnel in Dimapur, Nagaland and Tamenglong, Manipur.

“For us, Naga women, traumatised by a genocidal history of rapes, molestation, killings, village groupings, inhumane army atrocities at the hands of Indian armed forces under the impunity of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), it is a shame and a black day to witness our women, tying rakhis and felicitating these very armed forces, when we are yet to see justice for war crimes and human rights violations committed against our own women, children and men,” the NMA said.

The GNF also slammed the recent incidents saying that AFSPA and Raksha Bandhan are “incompatible”. “The blood and tears perpetrated in the Naga homeland by AFSPA since 1958 cannot be washed away by the Indian army and a few Nagas celebrating Rakhsha Bandhan,” GNF had said.

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