Society regressing due to some rotten CSOs: Joykisan

IMPHAL, 18th Jul: Thangmeiband MLA Khumukcham Joykisan has remarked that Manipuri society has taken a back seat after some rotten apples took root in the well intentioned civil society movement of the state.
He made the statement during the observance of the first death anniversary of Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School student Ningthoujam Babysana at the temporary memorial site of the girl student near Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai Pukhri Achouba on Saturday.
As part of the observance, floral tributes were offered to the photograph of the deceased.
Speaking to newspersons, Joykisan recalled that both the hills and valley vehemently protested the death of Babysana, calling it a murder and demanded strict punishment of the guilty persons. Amid this, leaders of some CSOs uploaded certain posts on their social media accounts, trying to play off the death as a suicide case, despite lack of any prima facie evidence suggesting so.
“CSOs have played important roles in the history of the state. However, this movement has been tainted and Manipur is in a backward trend due to the presence of some rotten apples among the organisations. As such, it is important for CSOs to step up for the present generation for the sake of future generation”, he remarked.
Observing that it is no longer the time for CSOs to gag themselves when many issues are plaguing the state, the MLA, however, contended that even if the CSOs choose to stay silent, it does not matter as the biggest power lies with the masses. The people must stand united and work together with one heart and mind so as prevent anymore child deaths in the state, he asserted. Joykisan then said that the CBI is regarded as an independent agency, free from political influences. Thus, both the victim’s family and the JAC believe justice will be served. Even if there were any political influences, the power of the people will ensure that the truth is revealed, he added.
In her speech, JAC against the murder of Ningthoujam Babysana Chanu convenor Laishram Gyaneshwori said that Saturday marks one full year since Babysana’s death, while the Phiroi (anniversary) would be observed on Sunday. The people and JAC firmly believe that Babysana was murdered and then her death was made to look like a suicide. However, barely any progress has been made in the case even after a year. Nonetheless, the JAC had been observing a monthly tribute till date, which will now be observed on an annual basis, she informed.
Further informing that officials from CBI have cited the lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason not being able to come and investigate the case, which is understandable; the convenor said that the JAC firmly believes the agency would be able to bring out the truth in the case.
She then appealed to the people to light candles outside of their homes on Sunday evening so that the truth behind her death is revealed and befitting punishment is awarded to the guilty persons.

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