Kohima: The National Socialist Women’s Organization of Nagalim (NSWON) on Tuesday condemned the Naga women who tied rakhis on the Assam Rifles personnel during the recent Raksha Bandhan celebrations in Dimapur, Nagaland and Tamenglong, Manipur.

The NSCN-IM’s women’s body said that it got a ‘rude shock’ when some Naga women tied rakhis on the wrists of Assam Rifles personnel. “This does not reflect the ethos of the Naga political struggle when Naga women were raped, molested, tortured and killed in the most inhuman manner by the Indian security forces in the name of suppressing the rights of the Naga people,” it said.

NSWON said that it is difficult to believe that those Naga women would do such a “thing so disgusting on Raksha Bandhan which is alien to Naga culture.” It said that Raksha Bandhan is a ceremony honouring the bond between sisters and brothers.

Saying that the word Raksha Bandhan denotes “Tie of Protection,” NSWON said that there is a striking contrast as in the Indo-Naga history, there has been no single instance when Indian security forces protected the Naga women. “It is only a story of crime against our women, the most despicable human rights violations ever heard around the world. No sensible Naga women would go against their conscience to tie Rakhis on the invading forces. This is a mockery of our fight to honour the Naga martyrs that included many women and young girls,” said NSWON.

It goes on to say that it would have been more “befitting” if the same group of Naga women who tied rakhis could have paid a visit to the widows and orphans of the martyrs who made the “extreme sacrifice for the Naga nation”. The women’s body said that for Nagas, the invaders are no better than “infidels” and that their “sadistic delight violating the human rights of the Naga people will remain indelible in the Naga history.”

NSWON said it is appalled to come across some Naga women tying rakhis on the wrists of the invaders when there is no bond of sister-brother relationship whatsoever. “How do they expect the infidels to protect them?” it questioned.

“NSWON with the firm intention of fidelity to what Nagas stands for condemns the Naga women who tied the rakhis on the Assam Rifles personnel. This is an insult to the Naga martyrs and it has brought shame to all the Nagas,” it added.

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