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September 05, 2010

Delhi gets a fresh dose of NE women's resilience and ire Hundreds protest assault of NE girl at CP

New Delhi, Sep 4 : Seve-ral women and students from Manipur gathered in front of the “Wow” restau-rant and bar at Delhi’s Connaught Place holding placards and festoons strongly condemning the alleged sexual assault of a woman from the NE region, by the Manager of the restrobar where she worked.
Besides condemning the sexaul assault the students and women from Manipur and other States of North East demanded speedy processing of the FIR
The girl, from Manipur, worked at the said restobar on and she was physically assaulted by the Manager on the charge that she was watching TV instead of attending to her duty on August 24 night.
The girl on the other hand, fought back and accused the Manager of trying to sexually molest her and approached the police lodged a complaint. Organisations set up by people and students from the North East also took up her case.
With restrictions imposed under CrPC 144 in and around Connaught Place, the OC of Connaught Place police station called in the demonstrators for a meeting at the police station and reportedly informed the co-ordinator of the demonstration, Ms Lemyao Shim- rey to discuss the matter along with the said victim.
When Ms Shimrey inquired about the status of the FIR, the police officer replied that the accused, the Manager of the restaurant, has been arrested.
Speaking to the media, Mr Mukesh, who has taken over as Manager of the restobar said, “The owner was not in town when the incident took place, and so Rohit Sharma (the accused Manager) was here till August 27.”
On the incident, the new Manger said, “I cannot comment now, the law will take its own course”.
He further said “this is the first time that such an incident that has happened in our restobar and many people from the North East are still working here, and this is the proof of the good atmosphere of this restaurant ”.
Till the time of filing this report late in the evening the demonstrators were at the police station. (The Sangai Express)

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