The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: abortion , prostitution and rape
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 16.5.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.4.1937-26.6.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Shankok confirms that abortion is not known in Wakching. (154) It would be a great sin towards Ghawang who gives the children, but in Kongan there is an old woman who knows how to abort by hitting the abdomen with a stone. It is very likely that the people of Kongan have learnt this from the Assamese. This is the only case known to him. Shankok mentions with laughter that Assamese women come to the sepoys in Kongan and make them pay for their favours, four or eight annas for a single intercourse. This seems totally incomprehensible to Shankok. He also mentions that some Naga girls had been molested by the sepoys on their way to Borjan and that one Wanching girl had even been raped by several sepoys.