In a social media video report by TFM executive editor Paojel Chaoba that went viral on Facebook, the chairman of the JAC representing the victim raised questions on the integrity of the special public prosecutor for the state and the POCSO court.
Following a social media video report by The Frontier Manipur, the Senapati POCSO court has submitted an application to the High Court of Manipur on Thursday requesting the transfer of the case related to the alleged rape of a minor by a police personnel to any other court having jurisdiction over such cases.
In the video report by TFM executive editor Paojel Chaoba that went viral on Facebook, the chairman of the JAC representing the victim raised questions on the integrity of the special public prosecutor for the state and the POCSO court.
“This Court is of the opinion that proceeding further of the case may not be suitable in the said circumstances. Hence, the case is adjourned till the Hon’ble High Court gives us an appropriate direction,” stated the special judge (POCSO) of Senapati in an order for the hearing of the case on Friday.
The Investigating Officer of the case N Sundari Devi, w/s of WPS-BPR also submitted a supplementary chargesheet through the special public prosecutor.
According to the JAC and the family members of the minor victim, the accused Gangbi Gangmei, son of Adam Gangmei, a resident of Chini-Inkhon, PO & PS Bishnupur, District-Kangpokpi, Manipur committed the heinous crime in January, 2020. The accused had allegedly threatened to kill her if she disclosed the incident to anyone. The accused being a policeman, the victim was scared and kept silent over the incident. Taking advantage of the situation, the accused repeatedly assaulted the minor till September, 2020, said the JAC.
The crime came to light after the accused shared it to some of his friends under intoxication. On October 16, the family members of the minor victim went to the house of the accused “to settle the matter”. Instead, the family of the accused lodged a complaint at the Thangbei (village court) stating that the accused was being wrongly implicated in the case.