Manipur Viral Video: CJI asked strict questions from state and central government, sought information about FIR

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New Delhi: During the hearing today in the Supreme Court regarding the Manipur Viral Video, tough questions have been asked of the government. The court said that the women shown in the Manipur video were handed over to the rioting mob by the police, it is appalling. For information, let us tell you that in this viral video, two women were allegedly sexually assaulted and paraded naked by the mob.

CJI DY Chandrachud asked the government that, on the incident of May 4, the police registered an FIR on May 18. Why did nothing happen for 14 days? The incident came to light after the video went viral that the women were paraded naked and at least two were raped. What was the police doing then? The CJI said, suppose there are 1000 cases of crime against women. Will CBI be able to investigate every one?

Responding to this, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the government, said that a woman officer of the rank of Joint Director of CBI would be placed in the investigation team of the case. At the same time, Attorney General R Venkataramani, appearing for the government, said that he would give information with facts related to the matter on Tuesday (August 1).

SC asked for information about FIR
The Chief Justice of India directed the Solicitor General representing Manipur and the Center to inform us as to how many ‘Zero FIRs’ have been registered in Manipur. What action has been taken, and how many arrests have been made? We will hear again tomorrow morning. The hearing of the Article 370 case is starting the day after tomorrow, so this matter will have to be heard tomorrow itself. To which Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, it would be difficult to provide classification of FIR till tomorrow morning.

Chandrachud also said the question is also that who will record the statement of the victim women? A 19-year-old woman in a relief camp, terrified of her father or brother being killed, will the judicial process reach her? Chandrachud also said that the petitioners have also suggested names for the SIT. He has also sought an answer from the government regarding this and has asked to suggest names. The Chief Justice also said that either we will form a committee from our side, which will also have former women judges.

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Victims’ statements that they were handed over to the mob by the police
DY Chandrachud further said that the women shown in the video from Manipur were handed over to the rioting mob by the police, it is appalling. Referring to the Nirbhaya case, the CJI said that it was not a Nirbhaya-like situation in which a rape took place, which was also horrifying but different. In Manipur, we are dealing with systemic violence, which the IPC considers a separate offense.

We would also like to know about the rehabilitation package for the affected people of the state, says Supreme Court on Manipur violence. The Supreme Court said, along with other information, it also wants to know how many people have been arrested so far. The court said to inform us what kind of legal aid you are providing to the victims.