Chief Minister speaks out about racist media drawing negative conclusions about the totality of Assamese society from heinous crime
July 18, 2012
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday lambasted a section of the media for allegedly trying to paint a “negative picture” of the greater Assamese society in the wake of molestation of a girl in the city on July 9.
“I am unhappy and angry and this is most condemnable. The media (national) wanted to blame and project a negative picture of the Assamese society by giving the impression that women are not safe here”, Gogoi told reporters in Guwahati.
“This is the reason why the people of the North Eastern region feel alienated…I want to make it clear that the entire Assamese society is not responsible for this heinous crime. The government is firm to bring the culprits to book”, a visibly angry chief minister said at the end of the second day of the monsoon session of the assembly.
Declaring that 12 of the 14 identified as being involved in the incident had been arrested, Gogoi said, “I take the responsibility and have taken action against erring police officials. The entire episode is disgusting.”