To spread the message to protect women and children who have become victims of inhuamn atrocities in the recent past, Ms. Vijayalaxmi Sougaijam of Imphal is going to tour the seven states in NE region (excluding Sikkim). Ms. Mirabai Akoijam, the social welfare Minister flagged off her tour in Imphal on Wednesday.

A large number of persons including victims of atrocities had assembled at the palace in Imphal from where the Minister flagged off the spirited girl's tour. For a long time Vijayalaxmi was traumatised by the unspeakable atrocities committed against women and children in Manipur. Women were raped, murdered in the most brutal manner like beheading and partially burning the heads in a bid to conceal their identities. Minor aged girls were raped while ten years old boys had been whisked away across the international border for recruitment as child soldiers.

She has been planning to do something to highlight the trials and tribulations of the women and children in the State where the criminals were hardly brought to justice. Ms. Vijayalaxmi said that it may take her about two months to cover all the towns and major villages in the seven states of NE region. Wherever she goes she will spread the message. Women and children have also been facing various problems and torture in other NE states.