Imphal May 20,
The Bill passed by the state government to deal mob violence seems to be in vain as even lawyers who are the custodian of laws of the land are left with no choice but to stage protest after a mob attack one of their colleague after vandalizing the court complex at Uripok.
The Sit-in-protest staged today at Cheirap court complex was against the assault of a lawyer by a mob inside the court complex on May 18. The mob also vandalized property of the court.
The protest was organised jointly by All Manipur Bar Association and High Court Bar Association.
Speaking to media persons President in charge of AMBA Brajit Singh strongly condemned the mob violence.
He said that the court have full responsibility for under trial prisoners.
He also said that no one is above the law, even the ministers and MLA’s can’t escape the punishment if found guilty and added that the court should decide it.
Highlighting various incidents regarding damage of court by mob he said that there might be lapse of security. He added that the state government and home department should arrange adequate security measures for such cases which may spark violence.
He appealed the people not to take part in such violence. Even though many legal awareness were done in many places to avoid mob violence there seems to be of no positive result for such awareness, he added.
Brajit stressed that such mob violence becomes a trend in our society. He added that it takes time to deliver justice as per Indian law and concluded that justice will surely be delivered.
Mention may be made that Manipur Legislative Assembly passed the Manipur Protection from Mob Violence Bill that proposes ways to stop the increasing number of lynchings in the state in December last year.
The law recommends punishment for lynching, public humiliation through exclusion from public services and forcing a person to leave his or her home without their consent. It recommends a rigorous life imprisonment term and a fine of Rs 5 lakh if the crime results in the death of a victim.