HRI decries attack on rights activist’s daughter

IMPHAL, 7th July: Human Rights Initiatives (HRI) has strongly condemned the life attempt by shooting at the daughter of Human Rights defender Urikhinbam Nobokishore and Mangastabam Sobita on July 4 at Thongju Boroi Makhong and demanded award of befitting punishment to the perpetrators under the rule of law.
The incident occurred around 6:30 pm when Nobokishore’s daughter, namely, Thoibi was driving a Bolero Jeep along with her friends from Singjamei while they were returning from the market.
On their way back home, all of a sudden a white colour Maruti Gypsy packed with some men repeatedly pressed the horn and overtook her vehicle. However, the same Gypsy was overtaken at Thongju Boroi Makhong and she stopped her vehicle in front of her residence.
Those in the Gypsy followed them and stopped at the opposite side along NH 1 and shouted using slangs. In response, the girls shouted back that led to a heated argument. As a result, one of the men in the Gypsy whipped out a gun and fired towards the girls and sped towards Canchipur.
Though no one got hurt in the firing, reckless use of firearm and abusive words against women and girls indicate discrimination of the female members of the society, observed HRI administrator Manoj Thokchom in a statement.
The incident is highly believed to be well organised to threaten her family members, especially her parents who are actively working on the Human Rights Based Approach, HRI noted and added that
Nobokishore and Sobita faced attacks since October 2017 by various miscreants suspected to be used by some influential people of the state and others.
Therefore, HRI appealed to Singjamei Police to initiate speedy investigation and arrest the people involved in the shooting. Further, the rights body appealed to the Home department to stop issuing gun license to avoid gun culture in the state.

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