Ensure punishment to the rapists of a minor girl in Manipur
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has expressed concern over the information received from North East Support Centre and Helpline that a 17-year-old girl belonging to the scheduled caste was abducted, drugged and raped in Manipur. We have also learnt that, though a police First Information Report is registered in the case, there has been no further action on the same. Further, the police have not charged the alleged perpetrators under the provisions of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 .
The 17-year-old girl was kidnapped by suspects while she was coming back from Kakching with her brother at around 1.30 pm on January 25, 2013. The alleged kidnappers dragged her out from her vehicle and forcibly took her away in a red colour car of the Maruti make. They then drugged her with some substance because of which she lost consciousness.
On regaining consciousness, the girl found herself in the same car with a 19-year-old man named Prameshwor Singh in an isolated place. She found herself to be bleeding from her private parts and realised that she had been raped by the man. The accused then took her to his house in Charangpat Mayai Leikai of Thoubal district in Manipur. There, his family members including his father Mr. Yengkokpam Rameshwor Singh threatened her to accept that she had eloped with the accused out of her own will after which they took her to her home next day.
Soon after hearing the news, a fact-finding team including Rev. N Debendra Singh, member of Manipur
State Minorities Commission rushed to help the victim. It is only after the intervention of the team that a FIR (no 14/2013) under charges of abduction, drugging and raping a minor was filed against the accused and his unnamed accomplices. AHRC alleged that the police, however, did not book the accused under the provisions of Scheduled Caste/Schedule Tribe (Prevention of Atrocity Act) 1989 despite her coming from a dalit community.
It has demanded to ensure speedy investigation into the issue and prosecute the guilty, book the perpetrators under the provisions of Scheduled Caste/Schedule Tribe Prevention of Atrocity Act 1989 and ensure adequate protection to the victim and her family. It also insisted to provide compensation to the victim and take steps to ensure the safety of women in society.