Mayang Imphal Rape Case: Parents of main accused sent to custody

The main accused Arish’s father MD Sikandar Ali and mother Majida Begum of Heibong Makhong, Mayang Imphal were arrested on Sunday.

The parents of the main accused in the Mayang Imphal gangrape case have been arrested and sent to police custody till September 11.

The Special Judge, Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO) remanded the parents of the main accused in the Mayang Imphal gangrape case to police custody for five days starting Monday.

The main accused Arish’s father MD Sikandar Ali and mother Majida Begum of Heibong Makhong were arrested on Sunday. They (accused parents) were produced before the Special Judge POCSO on Monday. During the court appearance, the police team prayed the court for custodial remand of the accused parents for five days, citing the need for a thorough investigation into the case. The police team probing the case said that the accused parents denied the charges levelled against them. While it remains unclear what the charges were, unconfirmed sources said that the accused parents knew about the alleged elopement of the victim and their son, who is also now in judicial custody.

IFP’s attempt to get confirmation on the unconfirmed reports from the concerned police officer of the district. 

The minor girl (14) was allegedly gangraped and abandoned in an unconscious state at a roadside at Mayang Imphal on September 2. She was hospitalised at RIMS hospital but she succumbed to her injuries the following day. Altogether six suspected accused have been arrested in connection with the case, excluding the parents of the main accused.

Along with Arish, rest of the accused persons namely Md Salim Khan, 21, son of Md Majahar Chesam of Heibong Makhong Mathak Leikai; Md Moor Mohhamad ,20, son of Md Kalam of Heibong Makhong Mathak Leikai; Md Feij alias Mohamad ,22, son of Md Sanayai of Mayang Imphal Bangoon Mamang Loukok are in police custody till September 9.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Sunday had assured exemplary punishments to the perpetrators involved in the gang-rape of the minor. He assured that dedicated efforts would be put in to file charge-sheet against the perpetrators in less than two months under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. The chief minister also announced Rs 5 lakh to the victim’s family as compensation..

Meanwhile, the Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW) has urged the state government to book the perpetrators involved in connection with the death of a minor girl who was allegedly raped by four people on September 1 in Mayang Imphal at the earliest possible.

In order to set an example to eradicate the alarming rate for crime against women in the state, the commission also requested the state government to do everything in their capacity to take up necessary actions immediately and ensure justice to the deceased girl and her family.

A release by chairperson of the commission, professor Binota Meinam on Monday stated that the commission also appeals to all social media users to not post photographs or reveal the identity of the deceased while reminding them that they can be given severe punishment under the Juvenile Justice(Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000.

The release stated the members of the commission condemn such inhumane acts in the strongest term and demand justice for the deceased girl.

Meanwhile, Social and Educational Welfare Organisation (SEWO) appealed to the government to give capital punishment to those involved in the crime.

A release stated that the main accused and few other accused persons are in police custody. However, no further actions were taken up under the law. The organisation expects the accused to be given appropriate punishment under the law so as to give justice to the family of the victim as well as set an example to prevent such incidents in future, it added.
SEWA will not tolerate if the case is delayed for long or the accused are bailed out with the help of higher authority connections, if any, it stated. This is the time to unite the public, civil bodies, clubs, organisations, communities etc to work for the justice and to help in erasing the incident of rape from the society.
SEWA stands with the family of the victim and shares the grief of the bereaved family, it stated. The JAC formed for working towards delivering justice to the minor and her family will be supported by the organisation, it added

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First Published:Sept. 7, 2020, 8:15 p.m.