‘22 women raped during lockdown in Manipur’

Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 26 | Publish Date: 11/26/2020 12:03:25 PM IST

At least 22 women, including 16 minor girls below the age of 16, were raped in Manipur during COVID-19 lockdown. The figure was tabled during the inaugural function of the 16th Days of Activism Against Gender based violence -2020 observed under the theme ‘Orange the World : Fund, Respond, Prevent Collect’, held in Manipur’s Chandel district headquarter on Wednesday. Among surviving raped victims, three including a 14 years old girl were gang raped, it added.  The annual campaign ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence’ was kick started at the state level at an event held at the district headquarters as a part of International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women.  Secretary CWG Hechin Haokip in her keynote address alleged that closure of courts on account of the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed justice delivery in POCSO and domestic violence cases.

Acting chairperson of Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) Khaidem Mani urged the people to use law and MHRC as an open avenue to bring formal complaints while reminding UN Secretary General’s campaign “UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women”. He stressed the need for sensitization of village chiefs and community leaders particularly in hill areas of the state about the limitations of customary laws in POCSO and murder cases.

Secretary WSDC Shangnaidar Tontang spoke on difficulties being faced by women across Manipur in accessing their entitlements. WAD secretary Sobita Mangsatabam talked about the uptick in rape and murder cases in Manipur during the pandemic while president UNM-M Jeevanmala Khumukcham read out a memorandum to be submitted to the concerned authorities.  The memorandum sought special courts and women police stations with adequate infrastructure and women officers in all districts and monitoring charge-sheets related to sexual assault, taking action against non-performing investigating officers and regular disbursements for child care institutions, one stop centre, and social security schemes. The event was jointly organised by the Centre for Women and Girls (CWG) Lhunnajang, Weaker Sections Development Council, Women Committee UNM-M, All Tribal Women Organisation - C D L, Chingtam Nupi Apunba Lup, One Stop Centre-CDL, Widows Welfare Society, and Legal Aid Clinic Tengnoupal block Lhunnajang. The 16 Days of Activism, which include campaign and awareness activities across districts, will culminate on Dec 10, the International Human Rights Day.


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