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Manipur women demand probe in women suicide cases
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAY 23:
Published on 24 May. 2011 1:05 AM IST
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Increasing suicide and murder cases for women and children in Manipur forced women groups to protest on Monday demanding investigations into all suicide cases for prompt action. In the last two and half years, 20 women committed suicide while 14 of them were murdered, Conflict Widows’ Forum and Victims’ Family claimed while referring to a record on crime against women and children maintained by them.
Most of the suicide cases seemed to be controversial, spokesperson Ibemcha of the Conflict Widows’ Forum and Victims’ Family said speaking to reporters at a sit-in protest staged by its member on Monday. She said the figure of suicide and murder of women had already touched 34 in the last two and a half years adding it was an alarming situation.
According to the figure of crime against women filed in the first three months in 2011, she said was a rape case, four murder cases were reported, one attempted murder and five suicide cases. The period also witnessed 13 missing reports, three reports of molestation, three attempted rape cases, eight assault cases, one kidnapping case, one life threat case, one attempt to murder, six complains against husbands and two cases of husband abandoning their wives, she added.
The secretary of Women Action for Development (WAD) who also took part in the protest said domestic violence has become the biggest instance of women committing suicide, asserting that at most times the reported cases happened to involve married men.
She said the difference between Meitei and tribal women must cease in the interest of women in general.
Most of the women who participated in the protest were widows who lost their husbands to fake encounters by security forces in the state.
They demanded to stop hanging after killing women and for investigation into all cases of suicide of women and justice, protect women and children.

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