According to the Daily O, Supreme Court of India on Tuesday, April 18, asked the armed forces, “Do you have rapists in uniform?” in relation to amicus curiae Maneka Guruswamy’s scathing report on atrocities committed by the members of the Indian army in Manipur, hiding behind the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the state.

Indian Army rape cases in Manipur
Source: youth ki awaaz

The Supreme Court has suggested the setting up of a committee comprising senior CBI and police officials from Manipur to investigate the cases of alleged extrajudicial killings and rapes in the state.

According to the India Times, the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice, U U Lalit said that the government should punish the culprits accused of killing innocent people in the last three decades in the state.

Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared in the court on the behalf of the government opposed any reinvestigation because according to him 14 years has passed since the incident and many of the armed forces personnel had since retired.

Indian army commits rape in manipur
Source: BenarNews

The court asked Rastogi, “Mr Attorney, you have two alleged rapists in your forces. Why you have kept quiet?” The court also questioned the silence of the Manipur government and the Centre over the suicide of a 15-year-old girl in 2003 after being allegedly raped by the army.

The court asked the AG: “The girl was definitely subjected to rape, medical reports confirm that. Did you close the case because you didn’t get any help from the army? Is it your helplessness or a tacit understanding with army to not to proceed?”

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