Many raise allegations against ‘Women Against Crime’IMPHAL | Aug 13
Numbers of women who have been illegally separated from their children allegedly by an NGO named ‘Women Against Crime’ are now demanding appropriate action against the organisation for forceful separation of their children.
They are now questioning if Women Against Crime is legally authorised to conduct such activities. These women are claiming that the said organisation has forcefully separated their family members by taking money from both sides.
Talking to this IFP reporter, a group of women who got separated from their children said that they did not have the knowledge of going to court or visit a legally authorised commission, and therefore approached the said organisation.
“We do not suspect that all NGOs are illegally working. But Women Against Crime has taken money for divorce as well from us,” they said. They approached the organisation from the advice of others. They came to know about the legal proceedings later from a different NGO in a particular case of attempting to take back a child that had been separated earlier. The mother alleged that she divorced from her husband as per the advice of secretary, Women Against Crime, Arambam Robita. When she approached to take back her four year old child who is in the possession of the father, she was told to visit the Court, she said. As she had little knowledge about approaching the court, she had to approach a different NGO. She also alleged Women Against Crime for collecting a sum of Rs. 50, 000 from her.
Trusting the organisation, she gave her signatures without understanding what was written on non judicial stamp papers, she said. She felt that the organisation is being run to grab money from people like her who cannot properly read or write.
She has written an application to chairperson, MCPCR to rescue her child from the father. Accordingly, MCPCR directed CWC, Imphal East to handle the case but CWC disposed the case in accordance to agreement of separation which was reportedly found to be illegal.
In another case which occurred in 2015, Robita’s organisation had divorced a couple forcefully by threatening the wife. The woman had lodged a complaint to court stating that she had been suffering from domestic violence of her husband along with his family members. She complained the she approached Robita’s organisation for guidance but ended up getting divorced forcefully. Robita got bail by paying PR bond 30,000 for her criminal offence.
It may be mentioned that Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) has filed a complaint against A. Robita for allegedly running her organisation as a court of law.
The Forum alleged that a couple was made to sign a separation agreement which was verified and witnessed by one advocate in an illegal manner.
It was alleged that the deed also included a payment of Permanent Alimony of Rs. 50,000 to the second party as directed and ordered by Robita. After the payment, she would charge a sum of Rs. 8000 as an offence service fees and Rs. 2500 while the complaint was made to Robita.
The Forum has urged for urgent attention and to take necessary legal action against Robita at the earliest for her acting as a court of law.
Mentioned may be made that chairperson, Manipur State Women Commission had earlier stated that Women Against Crime must refrain from vigilantism. The chairperson stated that Robita being a social activist, cannot take up law into her own hands and impose restrictions to public as per her own personal whims. The statement was given against Robita when she reportedly imposed married women to take oaths that they will never abandon their husbands to marry another man.
The group of woman who are complaining against Robita are looking forward for the authority concerned to stop such organisations which are acting as a court of law.
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