Forum demands her removal and says “We fear a dark future for the women of Manipur if she is kept as the chairperson of the Hon’ble Commission for Women.”
Accusing the Manipur State Commission for Women chairperson of deliberately misusing power, Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) demanded her removal from the post.
YFPHR urged the Manipur chief minister and the governor to immediately terminate Binota from the post of chairperson, Manipur State Commission for Women as per the Section 4 (3) of the gazette published by the government of Manipur after the enactment of the National Commission for Women Act, 1990 at the earliest in the best interest of women of Manipur.
In a release on Wednesday, YFPHR said that it was deeply shocked to observe the deliberate misuse of power in the name of Manipur State Commission for Women in many of the instances since she took charge as chairperson of the commission.
The misuse of power by Mainam Binota could be vividly learnt from the recent incident wherein the High Court of Manipur has suspended the case proceeding of Case No: 42 of 2021 of MSWC, the forum said.
YFPHR alleged that on November 26, 2019, the same misuse of power was recorded when Binota and Sekmai OC Kiran forced one Rebicca to sign a “Deed of Divorce” with a “threat to be killed”. It was totally illegal and beyond the purview of the powers and function of the MSCW, it added.
Regarding the matter, YFPHR said it submitted an official communication to CM Biren, the minister for Social Welfare and the governor of Manipur to terminate Binota from the post of chairperson, MSCW on December 3, 2019. However, the same was not acted positively by the concerns and as a result she continued to commit the same mistake including the 2019 incident and two other cases in which the High Court has quashed the orders of the Women Commission, it added.
“We fear that Ms. Binota is not acting for the welfare of the women as it could be observed in one of the case wherein YFPHR have submitted a complaint case bearing Commission’s RR No: 2/2019/MSCW/RR/251 requesting the Hon’ble Commission to make an intervention on an act of acting as a Court of Law and making the conflicting parties sign a “Agreement of Separation” by one Robita Leima who claimed herself to be a secretary of Indian Women Against Crime”.
However, till date besides many communications with the commission on the status of the complaint, the matter was kept aside without providing valid reason on why it is not being heard, YFPHR contended adding that they have strong fear that the commission is no longer a statutory body but a body which can be “influenced by other organisation as seen in the recent case”.
YFPHR strongly condemned the “repeated and intentional” act of Binota which is totally against the welfare of women. “We fear a dark future for the women of Manipur if she is kept as the chairperson of the Hon’ble Commission for Women,” it added.