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Couple protest against hate crimes in the state

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A couple from Rilbong sat on a six-hour protest at the Khyndailad junction in a first-of-its-kind move against alleged atrocities against ethnic minorities and the absence of action against the culprits.

Couple protests

Sushit Kanti Choudhury and his wife Kalpana had planned to go on an indefinite hunger strike until the perpetrators of the assault on three people in Lumdiengjri on January 20 were apprehended.

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The district administration only allowed them to hold the protest for six hours starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, so they had to cut it short.
They claimed that their actions were intended to serve as a wake-up call to the government and district administration to take action against such physical abuse.

Couple questions against these atrocities

Accprding to a report by The Shillong Times,”How long can we go on enduring these attacks in our own state?” Choudhury asked on Sunday. We were born and raised here, and we deserve to be treated with respect because we are only trying to make a living without causing anyone any inconvenience. It is past time for us to assert our constitutional rights to live in dignity everywhere in the country, even in Meghalaya.”

His wife, Kalpana, agreed with her husband, stating she had witnessed too many such occurrences and that no one has ever been arrested for such acts.

“What have we done to deserve this hostility and abuse from time to time?” Kalpana wondered, tears streaming down her face.

People in support

Several individuals showed up to show support for the pair who had fasted for six hours.

There was a massive police presence, especially since another group had sent out a message asking all Khasis to gather at Khyndailad at 3 p.m. to condemn and protest the high-handedness suffered at the hands of non-tribals.

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The WhatsApp message encouraged everyone to participate in the protest. However, no such demonstrators were spotted until around 3.45 p.m.

Surprisingly, a police officer asked some of those gathered at the fasting location whether they had come to show solidarity with the couple or to condemn their fast.

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