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The women’s commission in Assam has joined hands with their counterparts in Meghalaya to tackle trafficking and rape.
"Incidents of trafficking and rape are quite frequent in bordering areas like Mendipatthar. But a lot of cases go unreported, especially if the victims are minor which get settled by local panchayats,” said Angela Ingti of Meghalaya State Commission of Women (MSCW).
She said that the situation could improve if representatives of both the women commissions jointly work on these cases.
The observations were made at a meeting MSCW had with the Assam State Commission of Women in Guwahati on Friday.
Gamechi Timre P Marak, another MSCW member, said, "The problem we face in rape cases is that the tests on victims are not conducted within a specific time as the victims are not aware of the procedure and by the time the tests are done, the results are often negative.”
The Assam unit has decided to jointly visit border areas and district jails of both the states for conducting several awareness programmes.
Its chairperson Meera Baruah said, "We have already started the programme and conducted meetings with government bodies for finding a solution to the problem."
Source: Times of India
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