IMPHAL: Expressing concern over the recent reported behaviour of the Assam Rifles towards a lady IPS officer in the state, the North East Dialogue Forum (NEDF) has written an urgent communication letter to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of State of Home Affairs and Minister of Women and Child Development for drawing their kind attention towards the matter.
Citing the November 18, 2019 incident wherein the 12 Assam Rifles allegedly assaulted one woman sexually at Khudengthabi, Tengnoupal District of Manipur and the recent incident of a lady IPS officer mistreated by the same AR, the NEDF urged the Union of India to withdraw Assam Rifle from Manipur immediately and repeal AFSPA, 1958 to save democracy and Constitution of India for rule of law.
In the letter, the forum also urged the Union of India to investigate against the Assam Rifles for committing violence against women and civilians in Manipur.
“We urge the Union Republic of India shall, in accordance with its obligations under the Article 14 (that guarantees equality before law for all), 15 (‘no person shall be discriminated on the basis of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth’), 21 (‘no person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty’), in relation to the members of the Manipuris in its territory, take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts within the scope of above mentioned Article of the constitution of India, in particular killing and raping member of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to the members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the people living in Manipur condition of life and survival calculated to bring about its physical or mental destruction in whole or part,” the NEDF stated the letter made available to the press.
The forum also further urged Government of India that India shall, in relation to the members of Manipuri in its territory, ensure that our military, as well as any irregular armed units which may be directed or suspected by it and organizations and persons which may be subject to its control, direction or influence, do not commit any acts described in point (1) above , or of conspiracy to commit such kind act of grave human right violation ( rape , killing , torture , intimidation, harassment etc), of direct and public incitement to commit rape, sexual harassment, killing, torture etc , of attempt commit such human right violation , or of complicity in human right violation.