2014 Kidnap-Rape Case: Delay in trial, police failure to arrest rapist condemned

The matter was charge-sheeted on December 19, 2016 by Bishnupur Women police.: YFPHR

 

The Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) has condemned the delay in trial and failure of police to arrest rapist in the October 2014 kidnap and rape case despite the matter being charge-sheeted on December 19, 2016 by Bishnupur Women police.

The YFPHR in a release expressed shock over the extreme delay in the trial process for charge hearing by concerned court since the last four years and the inability of the police to arrest the rapist for almost six years.

It may be recalled that Thoibi (name changed) was allegedly kidnapped by Phurailatpam Nanao Sharma son of Phurailatpam Sunil Sharma of Wangjing Wangkhei, Thoubal district on October 26, 2014 and taken to various places and repeatedly raped her.

The matter was reported to Bishnupur police which was later transferred to Women Police Station, Bishnupur under section 366/368/342/376/34 IPC. However, till date the police failed to arrest the accused person even though the matter was reported to the police on October 27, 2014.

The YFPHR alleged that the accused is reported to be a very close relative of one MLA as informed by the police and therefore, the rapist could not be arrested till date as full protection was provided by the said MLA.

The forum appealed to the High Court of Manipur to take up suo moto and direct the concerned district court to speed up the charge hearing and deliver justice to the survivor and her family members.

The forum also appealed to the chief minister who is in charge of home to direct the concerned police station to arrest the rapist and announce a cash reward for those who provide lead to the said rapist.

First Published:Nov. 3, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

Leave a comment