Manipur shocker: The Supreme Court said on Thursday that it was “deeply disturbed” by a video that surfaced on social media on Wednesday showing two tribal women paraded nude and abused, and it requested the Centre and the State to take action against the culprits.
Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, Chief Justice of India (CJI).
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A bench comprising Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, Justices PS Narasimha and Manoj Misra, described the episode as “simply unacceptable” and the “worst of constitutional abuse and human rights violations.”
Taking suo motu cognizance of the petition, the bench directed the Centre and the State to assess the progress made on the problem.
Here are the major remarks from CJI DY Chandrachud on the Manipur women harassment incident:
- “We are deeply disturbed by the videos that were distributed yesterday.” We’d want to convey our sincere concern. It is past time for the administration to take action.”
- “Absolutely unacceptable.” Using women as a weapon in a conflict zone to inflict gender abuse is very unsettling. This is the most egregious constitutional and human rights violation.”
- “The videos that have surfaced have deeply disturbed us.” We will act if the government does not.”
- “We believe that the court should be informed of the steps taken by the government to ensure that perpetrators of such violence are charged.”
- “What has been depicted in the media and visuals that have appeared shows gross constitutional violation and infraction of human life using women as instruments of perpetrated violence, which is contrary to constitutional democracy.” Let the Centre and the State keep the court updated on their progress.”