Supreme court interrogates the army about the allegation of rape in Manipur

New Delhi: The supreme court asked the state government as well as the army that why have they kept mum in the case of rape and murder by their personnel.

The Indian Express reported that a jury of Justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit questioned attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for the army and the Assam Rifles, “You may have two alleged rapists. Why you have kept quiet?” the bench investigated.

The attorney general, Rohtagi answered, ” This information may be a mere allegation.” The court also questioned the army after it was told about a rape of a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide in 2003.

The justices of the court were also informed about an inquiry commission report, which specifies about the rape being held, following which, the girl was shot dead by the Assam Rifles.

The counsel appearing for Manipur showed helplessness and told the bench:”they can’t proceed in cases related to army personnel.”

The bench condemned their infirmity while taking actions against the crimes, committed by the army workforce. They also asked the counsel about the 1528 extra-judicial killings from 2000 to 2012 by police and security forces in Manipur.

The court also asked about the compensation given to the deceased, which security forces take as a permission to rape or kill someone.

The centre also said that out of 282 cases, 70 cases were related to security personnel and need to be paid attention.