Imphal, Nov 4
In yet another landmark judgment, Manipur High Court today directed the state law enforcers to ensure safety of a family while returning to their village that have been ostracized for converting to Christian religion.
Maibam Sanjoy Singh (43) and his wife Khambiton Devi (43) along with their 4 minor children who were permanent residence of Kachikhul Mayai Leikai, Thangjing Khulen , Imphal West, Manipur were ostracized from their village for converting to Christian religion . Kachikhul village is a Hindu Village and on July 1, 2017 without prior notice or information to Maibam Sanjoy Singh, Local Meira paibi and club members in a meeting convened by the Kachikhul Village Development Committee and that to in the absence of Maibam Sanjoy Singh had resolved to forcibly expel the family on the allegation that a minor son of the family had committed rape crime to one of his relative minor girl on June 26, 2017.
Maibam Sanjoy Singh along with his family filed a writ petition seeking justice by ensuring their safety in retuning back to their home. The allegation related to rape crime is left aside in this report even though the judgment against the mob violence properly mentioned as the report submitted by the police as they too are respondent. Separate suggestions and directives on the crime committed by minor has been categorically mention in the 16 page judgment.
However, the interesting part of the judgment mentioned is the directives to ensure safety of the mob victims .
As per the order, the Manipur High Court directed concern police station to be intimated by the petitioner and inform the date they would like to return to their village (Kachhikhul Mayai Leikai, Thangjing Khullen, Imphal West ) and to ensure their safety while staying at the village.
The Manipur High Court ruling also directed the state government to strictly implement the guideline as laid down by the Supreme Court in its judgment order dated 17-07-2018 rendered in Tehseen S. Poonawalla Vs. Union of India and Others. It further stated that failure to implement the SC ruling may invite the High Court to take up contempt proceeding to the state government.
Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]
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