Consultation programme on crime against women and children held
218 cases of violence against women and children occurred this year in Manipur
IMPHAL | Dec 9
A one-day consultation cum sharing programme on ‘Crime against Women and Children’ was held today at Manipur Press Club, organised by Women Action for Development (WAD) in connection with the 16th days of activism against gender based violence.
Giving keynote address in the function, secretary of WAD, Mangsatabam Sobita said that the consultation programme was organised as a part of International Forthnight Observation Protection Violence against Women since 2003. It was organised concerning the increase in crime against women in the State with less number of punishment of the accused persons, she added.
She said, “In Manipur, there are reported cases of 413 murders from 2005 to 2018. As per records, there had been cases of 44 rape and murder, 155 suicides, 79 suspicious deaths, 120 murders, 15 maternal deaths from 2005 to 2018 in the State. Out of these reports, there are also unreported cases from hilly regions.”
About 19 years ago, there had been cases of some accused persons being given punishment but level of punishment is low, he added.
“Now, the time has changed and the government has started giving cooperation and support to the victims’ family. There is ‘fast track court’ for justice to the victims and also schemes are opened for women and children. However, in judiciary system, the role and responsibility of police is strongly important in crime cases of women and children. System of prosecution and police activities should be separated. Moreover, any crime against women like rape needs scientific examination and ‘forensic science laboratory’ of the State needs to be upgraded. Apart from this, the post of ‘prosecution director’ is still yet to fill up,” said Sobita.
“As per records collected from the local newspapers, only in this year, there had been 218 cases of violence against women and children in Manipur. There are 44 cases of rape and two cases of murder, 10 suicides, 11 suspicious deaths, nine murders, 15 rape attempt and molestation, one case of murder attempt, 27 assault and injury, 44 crowd control assaults, one kidnapping, 40 missing, one abandonment, four trafficking, three maternal deaths, three cybercrime and three cheating cases,” she added.
She continued that as compared to 2017 with total cases of 309, the number of cases on crime against women and children have decreased by 91 cases as per report till November 24 though there are still unreported cases. From January 2005 to November 2018, there are total of 2,583 cases excluding unreported cases and huge number of pending cases to get justice, she added.
Acting chairperson of Manipur Human Rights Commission, government of Manipur, Khaidem Mani said that all the organisations related with crime against women should give awareness to victims and their families. The public should also be given awareness to give information to police on any crime as they are not the authority to take up any case to bring justice, and mob violence and mob justice will only bring worse situation, he added.
“Let us stop giving trouble to public for some personal benefit. Bandh and blockade has only worsened the normal lives in the State,” said Mani.
OC of City Police, N. Ingocha said that to control crime against women and children, the government has made many policies and plans. People must also be aware of the appropriate punishments to be given to the accused persons as per rules and regulations, he added. If police does not take action on crime against women and children, people should know where to go for further help, he said.
The consultation programme was also attended by convener of District Women Committee, Imphal West, Sinam Radhapyari, co-ordinator of Centre for Human Right and Duties Education, Priyadarshan M. Gangte, programme executive of Human Right Alert, Basantakumar Wareppa and secretary member of Women Committee, UNMM, Khumukcham Jeevanmala.
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