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Life threat to indigenous Meitei Women Human Rights Defenders in Manipur

Life threat to indigenous Meitei Women Human Rights Defenders in Manipur

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Urgent appeal from CORE (Centre for Organisation Research & Education)
Urgent appeal from CORE (Centre for Organisation Research & Education)

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CORE
 
Centre for Organisation Research & Education
 
Indigenous Peoples’ Centre for Policy and Human Rights in India’s Eastern Himalayan Territories
 
NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
 __________________________ Loisanglen: 
 Post Box No. 991
st
Floor, Ibotombi Building, BabuparaImphal 795001, MANIPUR India Tel/Fax: +91 385 244 13 19Email: administrator@coremanipur.org  Website: www.coremanipur.org 
URGENT APPEAL
 
CORE/UA/2011/-thr-002
 
INDIA: Life threat to indigenous Meitei Women Human Rights Defenders in Manipur
Originator:Centre for Organization Research and Education (CORE)Ibotombi Building, Opposite 1
st
MR Ground, BabuparaImphal - 795001, Manipur INDIATel/Fax: + 91- 385 2441319administrator@coremanipur.org www.coremanipur.org 
Date and Time: 1230 hours IST, 16
th
April, 2011SUMMARY
Four Indigenous Meitei Women Human Rights Defenders namely Mrs. Takhellambam Ongbi Ibempishak DeviW/o Takhellambam Ranjit, Mrs. Sagolsem Ongbi Memcha Devi w/o Sagolsem Benoy, Mrs. MayanglambamMomon Devi w/o Mayanglambam Kullabidhu, Smt. Konjengbam Anita Devi w/o Kangjengbam Samungou, allresidents of Pallel Village Mamang Leikai, PO & PS Pallel, Thoubal District, Manipur sought information under“Right To Information Act, 2005” (RTI) from the State Public Information Officer (SPIO), Block DevelopmentOfficer, Kakching (BDO) & Gram Panchayat (GP), regarding developmental works undertaken by Pallel GramPanchayat under the national MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) toprovide details of wages and welfare schemes implemented in Pallel Gram Panchayat. However, they were notprovided the information sought within the stipulated time frame under the RTI Act. In the mean time, twounidentified persons show up at Konjengbam Anita Devi’s residence threatening four of them to withdraw theirapplication or else face the dire consequence. They also received threatening phone calls on their mobile phones.They tried to lodge a First Information Report (FIR) at the Pallel Police Station, and the Officer in-charge,Kakching Police station for immediate necessary action but they were refused. Till the filling of this report, they feltinsecure and their lives are at risk with no support from the local police. They have also filed appeals to the DeputyCommissioner, Thoubal District and the State Information Commission under the RTI Act.
Name of Victim:
 1). Mrs. Takhellambam Ibempishak Devi w/o Takhellambam Ranjit2). Mrs. Sagolsem Ongbi Memcha Devi w/o Sagolwem Benoy3). Mrs. Konjengbam Ongbi Anita Devi W/o kangjengbam Samungou4). Mrs. Mayanglambam Momon Devi w/o Mayanglambam Kullabidhu
Residential Address:
All of them are residents of Pallel Mamang Leikai, PO & PS Pallel, Thoubal District, Manipur INDIA
 
CORE
 
Centre for Organisation Research & Education
 
Indigenous Peoples’ Centre for Policy and Human Rights in India’s Eastern Himalayan Territories
 
NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
 __________________________ Loisanglen: 
 Post Box No. 991
st
Floor, Ibotombi Building, BabuparaImphal 795001, MANIPUR India Tel/Fax: +91 385 244 13 19Email: administrator@coremanipur.org  Website: www.coremanipur.org 
Date of incident
: 2
nd
April 2011 about 11:00 AM.
Place of incident:
Pallel Mamang Leikai, PO & PS Pallel, Thoubal District, Manipur INDIA
Perpetrator:
Unidentified persons believed to be connected to the Pallel Gram Panchayat and Block Development Office.
 
Event description:
In 2010 four members of MACHA LEIMA - RTI Apunba Nupi Lup (Women Human Rights Group),sought information from the State Public information Officer (SPIO) Kakching BDO & GP under Rightto Information Act, 2005 regarding development works undertaken by Pallel Gram Panchayat under theMahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGN-REGS).On the 20
th
September 2010 Mrs. Takhellambam Ibempishak submits her RTI application and the samewas received by the office of the SPIO (Block Development officer, Kakching) with the required fee butnever received any information, therefore, the applicant file first appeal to the First Appellate Authority(FAA) (Deputy Commissioner Thoubal) on 13
th
December, 2010 but rejected on the ground that theappeal was submitted after expiry of the prescribed period for First Appeal. As there is no other effectivemeans, the complainant files a complaint to the Chief Information Commissioner, Manipur InformationCommission on 23
rd
December 2010. The commission issued a show cause notice on 30
th
December2010 but SPIO did not response. Therefore, the Commission took up as complaint case under Section 18of RTI Act, 2005 and heard on 30
th
January 2011 and 28
th
February 2011 after giving due notices to theparties. The Commission stated that the SPIO had failed to provide the information requested from 21
st
 September 2010 till date without any reasonable ground, thus he violated the provision of section 7(1) of RTI Act 2005. The Commission gave verdict that information sought by the complainant should befurnished by the SPIO (BDO) should be provided on or before 13
th
April 2011, free of cost and thepersonal attendance of the complainant in the SIPO office is not required.On the 11
th
November 2010, Mrs. Mayangbam Momon Devi submits RTI application to the SPIO alongwith application fee as banker’s cheque but the SPIO failed to furnish the information within thestipulated time without giving any valid reason. On 27
th
October 2010, she filed an appeal before the FirstAppellate Authority (Deputy Commissioner Thoubal) but FAA did not take up any proceeding hence,file a second appeal to the Chief Information Commissioner, Manipur Information commission on 2
nd
 February 2011.Mrs. Sagolsem Ongbi Memcha Devi filed RTI application to the SPIO dated 21
st
November 2010through post on 6
th
October 2010 and the same was received by the office of the SPIO with required feebut no response till date. She filed First Appeal to the FAA (Deputy Commissioner, Thoubal) on 13
th
 December 2010 but FAA rejected her appeal on ground of submitting First Appeal after expiry of the
 
CORE
 
Centre for Organisation Research & Education
 
Indigenous Peoples’ Centre for Policy and Human Rights in India’s Eastern Himalayan Territories
 
NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
 __________________________ Loisanglen: 
 Post Box No. 991
st
Floor, Ibotombi Building, BabuparaImphal 795001, MANIPUR India Tel/Fax: +91 385 244 13 19Email: administrator@coremanipur.org  Website: www.coremanipur.org 
prescriber period of time; therefore, she filed a complaint to the Chief Information Commissioner,Manipur Information Commission on 23
rd
December 2010. The SPIO/respondent filed a written replyvides his letter no. LBL/RTI/20087-09 dated 15
th
January 2011 submitting fake writtenagreement/withdrawal to the Commission. On the 4
th
February 2011, the complainant submittedobjection stating that no withdrawal was given to anybody. The Commission ordered that informationrequested should be provided to the applicant/complainant on or before 13
th
April 2010, free of cost.Mrs. Konjengbam Ongbi Anita Devi submitted RTI Application to the SPIO(BDO, Kakching) withspecific fee but SPIO did not response within the time limits without valid reason therefore file FirstAppeal to the FAA (Deputy Commissioner, Thoubal) but rejected due to expiry of time frame for firstappeal. Aggrieved by the response of the FAA, the complainant files a complaint to the Chief information Commissioner, Manipur Informaiton Commission on 23
rd
December 2010.The SPIO did not furnish the information within the stipulated time frame under the RTI Act, 2005,hence Ibempishak and Memcha filed an appeal to the Appellate Authority (DC Thoubal) but in vain.Aggrieved by the response of SPIO and Appellate Authority, on the 23
rd
December 2010, they fileddifferent complaints to the Chief Information Commissioner, Manipur Information Commission (MIC)The State Chief Information Commissioner order also instructed the SP (Thoubal) to initiate favourablemeasures as had been proposed by the applicants besides urging the police officer to submit action takenreport on the matter. One of the applicants, Mrs. Konjengbam contended that some days after theCommission’s order, two unidentified persons showed up at her house with a stern warning not toventure out of home and as well as to withdraw the petition or else face the consequence by handing overa mobile phone number +91 8018220380 and threatened them through phone including harsh word likewe will kill you. Mrs. Konjengbam Anita Devi & Mrs. Takhellambam Ibempishak Devi attempted to filea First Information Report (FIR) to the Officer in charge, Kakching Police Station under Thoubal districton the 6
th
April 2011. They were ask to submit the same to the Pallel Police station and when theyapproached Pallel Police station, they were asked to put forth to the district Superintendent of Police (SP)rather than taking immediate action. She maintained while expressing that due to fear she and hercolleagues could not stay at home though police visit their locality once in the evening. All the aggrievedwomen human rights defenders took shelter here and there fearing their life and security. They could notlook after their families.
Follow up:
As of now till the filling of the case there is no report of any police investigation or arrestingthose unidentified persons. Nor have they received the information they sought
Please write to:
1. Smt. Pratibha Patil, President of India, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi 110004, India, Fax 91 11 233 82365/ 91 11 237 11772, Email:presidentofinidia@rb.nic.in 2. Shri. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, Prime Minister’s Office, Room number 152, South Block, New Delhi110011, INDIA, Telephone: 91-11-23012312. Fax: 91-11-23019545 / 91-11-23016857.Email:manmohan@sansad.nic.in 

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