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Hearing in SC today in the matter of making two women roam naked, considering the request of the Central Government

Pankaj Prasad
Supreme Court
Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will hear today the case of two women in Manipur who have brought shame to the country.

The Supreme Court will hear today the case of two women in Manipur who have brought shame to the country. The apex court will today consider the Centre's request to transfer the hearing of the case related to the lynching of two women.

Uproar across the country

Significantly, after the video of the incident of May 4 went viral, there is outrage across the country. Uproar has continued in Parliament since the beginning of the monsoon session. The BJP has strongly condemned the incident, but at the same time questions are being raised about the timing of making the video viral. The video went viral a day before the monsoon session began on July 20.

Supreme Court had taken suo motu cognizance

The Supreme Court had taken suo motu cognizance in this matter and termed it as a gross violation of very constitutional rights. Fixing the next hearing on July 28, the top court had sought an explanation from the central and state governments and asked them to ensure that such incidents do not recur. At the same time, several petitions related to ethnic violence in Manipur were to be heard in the Supreme Court on July 28. However, the hearing was postponed due to ill health of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud. Justice JB Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Mishra are also included in this bench. It will also hear a fresh petition which is directly related to the May 4 incident in Manipur.

However, the identity of the petitioners in this case (they are mentioned as x and y) have been withheld. A record reveals that the petition is in respect of First Information Report (FIR) No. (110)(6)(2023). Zero FIR regarding this incident was registered at Saikul police station in Kangpokpi district. Later it was transferred to Nongpok Sekmai police station in Thoubal district. In this FIR, the village head of the village where the incident took place has identified the attackers as people from Meitei groups. It stated that three Kuki women were stripped, paraded naked, assaulted, one of them gang-raped, and her father and brother killed by a mob after the family assaulted them. At the same time, the accused have been released from the custody of the police team.

What happened on 4th May in Manipur?

Let us tell you that this incident happened in Kangpokpi district's village B, about 35 km from the state capital Imphal. Happened in Phenom. According to the complaint lodged by the village head, on May 4 at around 3 pm, 900-1000 people belonging to various organizations came to B. Phenom forcefully entered the village. They had state-of-the-art weapons like AK rifles, SLR INSAS and 303 rifles. The violent mob ransacked all the houses and set ablaze all movable properties after looting furniture, electronic goods, utensils, clothes, grains including cash.

Apart from this, five villagers fled towards the forest to save their lives. They were later rescued by the Nonpak Sekmai police team and were on their way to the Nongpoh Sekmai police station. Meanwhile, they were stopped by a mob on the way and about two kilometers from Nongpok Sekmai police station and about three kilometers from 33 AR Somrei outpost, snatched them from the security of the police team. In addition, a 56-year-old man was killed on the spot.

Pradhan said that during this time three women were forced to take off their clothes by the mob and were stripped naked in front of the mob. In the video related to the incident, it can be clearly seen that the men are continuously molesting the helpless women, who are crying and pleading with them to leave. The brutality did not stop here, a 21-year-old girl was brutally gang-raped in broad daylight. When the 19-year-old younger brother tried to save his sister's dignity and life, he was killed on the spot by the mob. However, the victim managed to escape from the spot with the help of some people.