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Film fraternity of Assam takes to the streets protesting crime against women

The rising number of rape and molestation cases in Assam has worried the members of the film fraternity of the state who took to the streets to protest against the same on Wednesday.

The cine stars took it upon themselves to put pressure on the system to nab the culprits and also educate the people at large against these crimes.

Sloganeering from Assam Engineering Institute field at Chandmari to Ganeshguri in Guwahati, leading Assam film industry personalities like Barsha Rani Bishaya, Nishita Goswami and Aimee Baruah took part in the march.

“When a tiger turns man-eater, it isn’t presented in a court. At present we have seen criminals hurting the social fabric of the state by prowling upon our young children and women. We urge the government to bring in stringent laws and also the judicial system to institute fast-track courts and provide exemplary punishment to these criminals,” said leading Assam actor Barsha Rani Bishaya.

Echoing the same thoughts, actor Aimee Baruah said that people can’t stay indoors and ignore the crime against women which has seen an upsurge in recent times. “In recent time, instances of crime against women have seen a rapid rise. We can’t stay indoors and let this continue. We want the government to take concrete steps to curb this menace. So, today, we are raising this issue and will do a signature campaign so that we can submit the same to the honourable chief minister of Assam,” she said.

In the last one month, several cases of rape and molestation involving children have come to the light. A class V student was gang-raped and set on fire by a 21-year-old youth and two juveniles in central Assam’s Nagaon district on March 23. The victim succumbed to her injuries.

The incident has led to outrage across the state with large number of people coming out to the streets demanding death penalty to the rapists.

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