POCSO misused says rights activistIMPHAL | Sep 9
“Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 which was introduced for protection of children from sexual assaults, has been turned into a tool for making money by some individuals. When negotiating with money fails to bring the desired results, charges and allegations are raised by bringing POCSO into the matter.”
This was stated by Human Rights Activist, Mena Chothe while briefing media in a press conference held at Manipur Press Club today. Heisnam Dhanashyam alias Lalboy, son of Heisnam Budhi of Thanga Heisnam Leikai, Moirang Police Station who was shot dead yesterday around 1.30 pm by miscreants, has been alleged of being a rapist by the public, she said.
“However, Lalboy is not a rapist .The POCSO rape case charged against him is yet to receive a fair trial,” she stated. Concerning the Thanga rape case which reportedly took place on February 13, 2018 on a minor child, the public should know better, she said. Lalboy was a juvenile and he was studying in class 11 at that time while the girl who claimed to have raped, was his classmate, she further said while adding Lalboy and the girl were having a love relationship.
Narrating the incident, Mena said on February 14, 2018, the girl asked Lalboy out as she will be going back to the school for giving class 11 examination. The message sent to Lalboy on his phone by the girl is the proof that she asked him to go out with her, she claimed.
Later in the evening when Lalboy had returned home after meeting the girl, her parents came to his home looking for her, she said. Finding that Lalboy was home, they along with Lalboy and his parents went out together to look for her, she added.
The girl was found from the residence of the peon of Thanga High School, she further said while adding when she started sobbing, her parents raised allegations of rape and demanded Rs. 10 lakh failing which they will frame charges to Lalboy’s family.
When negation with the demanded price was not accepted, they demanded handing over of the boy, which was also declined. As reaction to that, the home of Lalboy was dismantled by a mob, she said.
Mena Chothe further stated that such form of mob violence, and defaming others without looking into facts has led raising many allegations to the innocent ones. Due to the incident, Lalboy’s younger has been lying traumatised, she said.
Lalboy was picked by police by police and kept for six months at a juvenile home for six months, she added.
Afterwards, charge sheets for the police case have been submitted to the court and examinations statements were being colleted, she said.
When a path was finally being paved for undergoing a fair trial to the case, he was shot dead, she said. His murder is very suspicious, she added.
“Though I am a human rights activist, I was not allowed to meet the victim girl. Attempts were also made to attack me when it was known to others I am working as the counsel for Lalboy,” she alleged.
Some parents who have daughters, are using POCSO as a means to make money and this may misdirect the Act towards a wrong direction, she further said. Lalboy’s family were waiting for a resolution to the case for more than a year and they are still waiting for it though Lalboy is now deceased, she added.
The public ought to understand what Lalboy’s family is going through while waiting for the truth. His murder is taken as a means to suppress the truth as the culprits realise that it was going to be revealed soon, she alleged.
The culprits must immediately identify themselves. Lalboy’s body will not be collected until the culprits are arrested, she added.
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