National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) in a recent report has estimated a total of 3,070 people were killed in the conflict-affected areas in Northeast between 2009 and 2019. The report titled, “India: 20 Years Of UNSC Resolution 1325”, explains a total of 9,448 people were killed in conflict areas from 2009 to 2019, and 3,747 persons in the LWE affected areas, and 2,631 persons in Jammu and Kashmir.
The report further adds 114 reported cases of rape, molestation and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls, victimizing 224 persons by the armed forces of the Central government as well as the State governments during the conflict situations in India were reported. The cases were reported from Assam (21) followed by Manipur (18), Chhattisgarh (17), Jammu & Kashmir (16); Tripura (14); Jharkhand (7) and Meghalaya (6); Arunachal Pradesh (6); Odisha (5); Andhra Pradesh (3) and Maharashtra (1). The 224 victims are from Chhattisgarh (92 victims); Assam (26 victims); Manipur (21 victims); Jammu & Kashmir (20 victims); Tripura (19 victims); Andhra Pradesh (16 victims); Jharkhand (nine victims); Meghalaya (seven victims); Arunachal Pradesh (seven victims); Odisha (five victims); and Maharashtra (two victims), the report said.
Tribal women and girls were the highest victims as 156 out of the 224 total victims constituting 69.6 percent were tribals, NCAT said. NCAT further reports of members of armed organizations. “There were reports of forced marriage and rape in Jammu & Kashmir by the members of armed organisations, mass rape of tribal women by the members of United National Liberation Front (UNLF) in Manipur, killing for resisting rape attempt by the armed groups in Meghalaya; and rape and sexual exploitation by the Maoists,” the NCAT said. The armed organisations involved in sexual violence against women included Borok National Convention of Tripura (BNCT), Laskhar-e-Toiba, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, United National Liberation Front (UNLF), Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), and the Maoists, NCAT said.