WAC flays mob violence, calls for protecting children

IMPHAL, 9th Oct: Strongly condemning the rape of a minor girl in RIMS by an ECG technician and mob violence incident of Upokpi, Women Against Crime (WAC) secretary A Robita has appealed to the people of the state to refrain from mob violence.
Addressing a press meet at its office along with United Women’s Development Organisation (UWDO) Bishnupur leaders, Robita said that WAC strongly condemned the heinous crime of raping a minor girl patient by an ECG technician of RIMS on October 4. The WAC team visited the family of the girl and extended financial assistance. During their visit, the victim girl’s mother told them that she initially thought of hiding the incident but took the courage of filing the complaint to prevent similar incidents in future so that others might not fall victim of such crimes.
Regarding the mob violence of Upokpi, Robita said that WAC does not endorse such acts and added that those arrested should get befitting punishment as per law. In the past, 18 persons from Sugnu area were also sent to jail for a mob violence/justice incident involving an alleged extramarital affair. Several women of Bamon Kampu were also sent to jail for pelting stones at the court complex in the murder case of Arun, she recalled.
Stating that mob violence will only land those involved in the jail and nothing good will come, she appealed to all to refrain from such actions in future. Even if they came across any unwanted activities, they should inform the nearest police station in order to avoid any legal tangle, she said.
One should also know that adultery is no longer a crime in the country. At the same time, ignoring such immoral activities is the major question among the people now, she said while enquiring if those persons involved in immoral activities would ever be awarded punishment for activities, which is against the social norms. Even though adultery is no longer a crime, letting free hand to such socially unacceptable activities would tear apart the very fabric of the society, she said.
She also appealed to all to avoid themselves from committing socially unacceptable activities including extramarital affairs.
Meanwhile, a WAD statement issued by programme coordinator Saiphu Ringneiphun strongly condemned the incident of mob violence and humiliation of a minor girl who tried to defend her mother from the mob prosecution which occurred at Upokpi Khunou on October 6.
Ringneiphun stated that according to an enquiry conducted by the organisation, the unfortunate incident took place at Upokpi Khunou Primary School around 8 am on October 6 when the victim woman and her daughter were on their way from Kha-Potshangbam to Upokpi Khunou regarding some work. Suddenly the woman engaged in a quarrel with a man on the way upon which the girl rushed to her cousin’s residence to seek help. The matter escalated quickly when some individuals witnessing the episode rushed to the area to intervene and perform Keina Kapta, publicly humiliating the quarrelling duo without proper understanding of what the matter was, the statement claimed.
WAD highlighted that as seen in a video of the incident which went viral, the minor girl was assaulted by individuals present in the mob trial when she tried to defend her mother and was also humiliated in public. Commenting on the atrocities of the incident, WAD stated that it will leave adverse psychological effects and traumatise her for a large part of her life. It is also stated that the young girl was publicly enquired by some locals regarding her mother’s behaviour on the evening of October 8 and the association appealed to the clubs and organisations of the area not to involve the minor in such sensitive matter.
WAD urged child institutions concerned of the state to take up special provisions and protection for the child and award stern punishments to those involved in the mob violence to curb occurrence of such incidents in the future.
Furthermore, WAD expressed its gratitude to the CM and Bishnupur Police for the speedy action against the culprits and fair-investigation and natural justice given to the victim. It also urged the general public not to take law in their own hands and also not to capture and distribute any photos or videos of the incident which could harm the modesty of people.

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