IMPHAL: Eastern Himalayan Women Forum (EHWF), a network of women organisation working to the cause of indigenous women and children in Eastern Himalayan Region of North East India, has called on the government for an independent and impartial team to investigate into crimes against women in the state.
Strongly condemning the increasing act of crime against women in Manipur, Maggie L. Ralte, Convenor, EHWF, stated in a press release that as the Covid-19 pandemic intensifies, its gendered effects have also intensified. The pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems which are in turn amplifying the impacts of the pandemic, the convenor said.
Women in particular have become more vulnerable during this pandemic. In the last one week we have seen 3 cases of women killed during this pandemic in Manipur. EHWF strongly condemns the suspected killing of a woman on 12th July 2020. The body of the woman was found floating at Imphal River near the Northern side of Sanjenthong on the morning at about 8.30 AM. She is identified as Ms. Nishakumari (21 yrs), D/O Binod Kumar Shah who is originally from Bihar and resides currently at Chingmeirong, Imphal. We fear that it is a case of forceful sexual assault before killing her, the EHWF stated.
Further on July 3rd 2020, a dead body of woman was seen floating in the Thoubal River. EHWF have serious concern to the increasing dead of women in Manipur, Maggie L. Ralte said.
On 7th July, a 14 year old girl from Langol Laimanai, Imphal who was raped by her own father died in a hospital at Imphal West. She was staying at a shelter home before she was taken to the hospital, the convenor maintained.
EHWF with deep concern appeals the government of Manipur to form independent, impartial investigation team to initiate investigation of Crime against Women especially raped, raped and murder, domestic violence, women trafficking etc., Maggie L. Ralte said in the press release.