The rally called by the CSWO and TUR on Wednesday (Jan 11) witnessed a mass participation of people from different walks of life including renowned musicians like Rudy Wallang, Tipriti Kharbangar, MLAs including HSPDP chief Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit and KHNAM leader Adelbert Nongrum, people with disabilities besides other social organisations like Campaign for Change.
The East Khasi Hills district administration has granted the permission to the CSWO and TUR to hold the proposed rally from Madan Iewrynghep- St Edmund’s – Dhankheti- Barik Point- Additional Secretariat Parking Lot, as requested by the social organizations.
The rally, which kicked started at 11 am, is being held as a mark to protest against the rise of criminal atrocities against women and children in Meghalaya, with the latest being the trafficking and sex racket case which was unearthed last month.
Meanwhile, heavy security have been placed all along the arranged routes. Police personnel (men and women) with proper security gears, 1 fire brigade, two water cannon jeep, 2 buses have been arranged to ensure to no untoward incident takes place during or after the rally.
The gathering led by CSWO and TUR will culminate at Additional Secretariat as arranged.
Earlier, worried over the threats posing to the safety and security of women and children in the state, the NGOs of the state have decided to take out a mass rally on January 11 to protest against the alleged tolerance showed by higher authorities to the rampant trafficking in the state.
According to the president of Civil Society of Women Organisation (CSWO) Agnes Kharshiing, CSWO along with Thma U Rangli (TUR) and few other local organizations will join hands to voice out their concerns over the rampant sexual exploitation of minors while also demanding the immediate removal of Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh, whose son, happens to own the Marvelene Inn at Ribong, one of the guest houses where the crime was committed twice.