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Human rights activist Hasina Kharbhih attacked in Shillong

By TwoCircles.net News Desk

New Delhi: Human rights activist Hasina Kharbhih was attacked on Thursday in Shillong when she was going to the District Council Court to attend hearing in her case. She was allegedly attacked by the very persons against whom she is fighting the court case. She said she was attacked to force her withdraw the case.

Giving details of the incident, Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), a human rights organization working in Assam, said: “Hasina Kharbhih, a human rights defender working against human trafficking in North East India was assaulted and threatened on May 28, 2009. Kharbhih, while on her way to the court for the hearing of a case, was stopped, threatened and manhandled by Ms. Bethswa Dympep, the accused in the threatening case. Kharbhih was injured in the incident and had to be taken to the local hospital for treatment.”

The rights group has alleged that the “perpetrators are receiving clandestine support from the police.”

Hasina Kharbhih runs the Impulse NGO, a local human rights organization based in Shillong, Meghalaya: http://www.impulseasia.org

Kharbhih has been fighting against human trafficking in the state. She has been involved in the social sector since 1987.

BHRPC has demanded the state government and its police to ensure her protection.