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Women rally in Manipur

Members of Conflict Widow’s Forum in collaboration with other NGO’s, CBO’s and PO’s taking part in a mass protest demonstration against increasing crime against women and children in the state in Imphal on Saturday. (EP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, FEB 6
Published on 7 Feb. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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Women of Manipur carried out a protest demonstration and demanded that government should take up tangible actions to ensure right to life of women and girls in Manipur. Thousands of women of all ages took part in the rally cum public meeting jointly organised by the Conflict Widow’s Forum, Manipur and Women Action for Development, Manipur on Imphal streets. The rally was organised as a protest against the brutal rape and murder and violence towards the women in the society. Women and girls feel precarious and insecure even in their own home as they were becoming an easy target in the hand of the perpetrators in the state of Manipur, the protestors lamented on the government’s failure to arrest offenders/culprits in the recent cases of rape and murder of widow and her teenage daughter in Imphal west district. Four cases of rape and murder and violence against women were reported in Manipur during the month of January 2010. A total of 16 cases related with violation of rights of women were reported during the year 2009. On January 9, 2010, two women of a family at Hiyangthang in Imphal west district were shot by some unidentified armed youths suspected to be militants. A woman named Sadokpam Sangeeta (34), a victim of HIV was found dead hanging in the verandah of her residence in a suspicious circumstances at Ghari Awang Leikai, Imphal in the mid January which was followed by recovery of dead bodies of a young widow and her teenage daughter abducted by miscreants on January 23 morning. The recent one being the rape and murder of a 26-year old girl RK Ratanmala of Khurai of Imphal east district allegedly by her lover Soibam Dhanabir. She was brutally killed after being raped. The public meeting submitted a six-point resolution in a memorandum to the Governor of Manipur. The same will also be forwarded to the President of India, the organizers said. “In the memorandum drafted by today’s meeting we put down six point charters of demands,” L Ranjita Devi, convener, COWF, Imphal east said. Arrest of culprits involved in the killing and rape of innocent women and girls and punish them according to law, government take care of those children whose mothers were killed under Juvenile Justice Act, immediate arrest and punishment of those child traffickers and making of a state children policy as preventive measures, making of a policy for speedy trial of the cases relating to rape and murder etc. are the demands that drew the attention of the government in the memorandum.

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