Arup D Rabha, director of the dance group, who filed the police complaint alleges that the dancers were called to perform at a cultural show organised as a continuation of Eid celebration in the Asolpara village in Chaygaon area in Kamrup District
Dispur: Post-Eid celebration turning into a molestation fest! Sounds bizarre? But if the allegations of Arup D Rabha are anything to go by, Assam was shamed on June 7 when a group of dancers were called to perform Bihu, the traditional Assamese dance form.
Upon reaching the location, the dancers were forced to perform without their dresses. However, the group managed to escape the clutches of the organisers and also filed a police complaint.
Arup D Rabha, director of the dance group, who filed the police complaint alleges that a cultural show was organised as a continuation of Eid celebration in the Asolpara village in Chaygaon area in Kamrup District.
The complaint accessed by Time 8 reads, "We were contacted for a dance show by one Sanjay Choudhury and had a conversation with Kuddus Ali over the phone on June 7, 2019. A contract of Rs 37,000 was signed between the parties. Accordingly, we reached the spot at around 8 pm. Later, we were forced to enter into a barricaded place, and the female dancers were molested."
When Arup's group started Bihu, as was decided, around 700-800 youth who were present there allegedly created a ruckus. If that wasn't all, it was demanded that the girls dance after being undressed, to the shock of the performers. Arup told MyNation, "We were shocked at their demands. They wanted our girls to dance without dress. We somehow escaped". But not before the crowd pelted stones at them.
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Asked on what action the police have taken so far, Arup told MyNation that he is being told that two people are being arrested. But he is unaware under what charges the two are being booked.
Assam has been a volatile state where it doesn't take a minute for any matter to assume communal colour. The state has already been going through the final stage of National Registry Certificate (NRC) to root out "outsiders".
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Last Updated 9, Jun 2019, 8:20 PM