An Agitation For Home And Hearth In Assam
- by manoranjan
Over 2,000 people, representing about 1,486 Mising families from two villages in Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, have been demanding rehabilitation from the Assam government.
However, when the fight is about their very survival, staying back is not much of an option. Kusmita and her husband joined the other families on December 25, 2020, resisting eviction from Dibru-Saikhowa National Park. The protest had entered its 5th day. By December 29, her health conditions began to decline. Those at the camps advised her to go back home and rest.
Kusmita, after quite a bit of resistance, agreed. But she was back at the protest site by December 31 again and spent the night protesting. By the next morning, her health conditions again began to deteriorate. She was again sent back home, where her health conditions continued to plunge. Seeing no signs of improvement, she was admitted to the Assam Medical College Hospital on January 5. By the 6th afternoon, she lost her child in her womb, while she continued to battle for her life. She lost the battle and breathed her last on January 8, around 1.30 am at the hospital.
Over 2,000 people, representing about 1,486 Mising families from two villages in Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, have been demanding rehabilitation from the Assam government. Kusmita Morang and her husband Bishnu Morang were expecting their first child. The protest site, with makeshift camps in freezing cold, is not an ideal place for a seven-month pregnant woman. However,…