Joining the nation in expressing his outrage over the gang-rape of a girl in Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh CM Nabam Tuki has said her subsequent death prompted the country to deliver the message loud and clear that any type of crime against women will not be tolerated.
Recalling how he felt disturbed on hearing about her death, the Chief Minister said yesterday "I again felt these crimes are a fallout of deviant youths having lost all moral values."
"While as part of the government we reiterate our commitment to exercise zero-tolerance towards any type of crime against women in Arunachal, I also feel it is high time we, parents, ensure that our boys learn respecting women from a very early age and treat them as equals," he said.
Tuki, who was addressing a gathering here at Nyokum Lapang on the occasion of Indigenous Faiths Day, said that if youth continued to drift away there would be a day when we would completely lose the state's rich culture of indigenous tribes.
"If we lose our identity, we will cease to exist," he added.
The CM also lauded the Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) for its effort to preserve and propagate indigenous faiths.
On being informed that IFCSAP was facing difficulties in functioning due to lack of resources, Tuki assured to enhance the corpus fund of Rs 5 crore to Rs 10 crore during next financial year.
Meanwhile, as suggested by Tuki, IFCSAP President and noted writer Y D Thongchi announced that from next year the Indigenous Faiths Day would be celebrated across the state on December 1 commemorating the birth anniversary of Late Talom Rukbo, pioneer of the Indigenous Faith movement.