The Assam Kaziranga University

A few days after Dimasa activists objected to the portrayal of their tribe in the National Award-winning film Semkhor by Aimee Baruah, many Dimasa organisations wrote to President Droupadi Murmu on Thursday saying that a baby was killed during the film’s production.

In a letter to Murmu, the All Dimasa Students’ Union, Dimasa Students’ Union, Jadikhe Naisho Hoshom, United Dimasa Youth, and Dimasa Students’ Community Guwahati demanded that the film be withdrawn, Aimee apologise, and that action be taken regarding the death of an 84-day-old baby girl who died within a week of the shoot.

The activists claimed in the letter that the baby, Claring, was subjected to ‘cold and rough’ weather conditions. Later, the baby got sick, and four days later she passed away.

The letter reads, “Aimee Baruah did not take permission from the District Magistrate before casting an infant baby in the film, which she was supposed to, as per the Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act (CALPRA), 1985, and this is a clear case of violation of laws.”

However, Claring’s parents, Mr. Haming and Smt. Pobitra Kemprai, stood in favor of Aimee Baruah and are unwilling to become involved in the politics surrounding all of this.

Further, they stated that they have no complaints towards anyone for the passing of their child.

The Assam Kaziranga University