DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 20: The Manipur Government today informed the Supreme Court that Rs 5 crore has been credited to a dedicated bank account to disburse compensation to women who are survivors of sexual assault and other crimes committed since May 3, when ethnic violence erupted in the State, according to a report in The Hindu.
The affidavit filed by the State Government did not state the number of women compensated so far, the report stated.
The affidavit said that as per the latest report from the Deputy Commissioners of Noney and Senapati districts, the exercise for identification of religious districts was complete and there were no reports of vandalising or destruction of religious buildings in the said two districts till date.
Earlier in September, the Court had ordered the State Government to “immediately identify all religious buildings in the State which would include churches, Hindu temples, Sanamahi temples, mosques and any building of any other religion, whether existing at present or vandalised/damaged/burnt in the violence” which started on May 3 and asked that sites of these religious buildings be protected from encroachment and destruction.
The report further stated that in response to this order, the State Government’s latest submission said that a “short affidavit” dated October 16 had already been filed indicating the steps taken by the State for identification of religious buildings in all the 16 districts.
“It was further submitted that inspection of religious sites could not be completed in Noney and Senapati districts due to the prevailing circumstances. The short affidavit merely stated that “directions for identification of all religious buildings in the State [existing or vandalised] have been issued”.
In August, the State had informed the apex Court that “a total of 386 religious institutions of both the communities have suffered damage subject to further assessment which is on-going”, the affidavit stated.
At least 180 people have been killed in the ethnic violence between the tribal Kuki-Zo and the Meitei people since May 3.
According to a status report filed by the State in the apex Court in August, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was asked to probe 20 cases pertaining to molestation, rape and murder of women.
On the directions of the Supreme Court, the Manipur Government notified an upgraded compensation scheme for women victims and survivors of sexual assault and other crimes in September.
The compensation for victims who have lost their lives or those who have been gang-raped ranges from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. For other crimes, including rape, sexual assault, and injuries such as loss of limbs or body parts, compensation amounts vary from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 9 lakh. (Page News Service with inputs from The Hindu)