This is a small victory in some sorts for all men falsely accused in heinous crimes such as rape and murder. We have been constantly demanding respect, dignity and compensation for men who lose out on everything in society when they get wrongly accused on charges of rape.
In a first, the BJP-led Manipur government has assured job to a man who was released after being acquitted by a court in 2013 rape and murder case of a research fellow. Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh expressed empathy and said,
He will be given a government job. I got to know that in spite of being innocent he was jailed for eight years and his house was burnt down by a mob.
On Monday, the Chief Minister also met with now acquitted Thoudam Jibal Singh who was released by the Sessions Court.
Wrongly Jailed for 8-Years
Singh was wrongly confined for eight years in Sajiwa Central Jail on the charge of rape and murder of one N Satyabhama, a Junior Research Fellow of Pathology department, RIMS. The victim was found murdered – with bruise marks on her neck and body – in a canal at Wangkhei Loumanbi Loukol, under Irilbung police station in April 2013, a couple of days after she left her Kakwa residence.
Chief Minister has assured justice to Jibal and his family and promised to construct a house for him and provide a government job at the Forest Department, where his father had served as a forest guard.
#Manipur Manipur CM has assured job to a man who was released after being acquitted by a Manipur court in 2013 rape& murder case of a research fellow
— North-East India (@NEIndia_ANI) January 5, 2021
The Session Judge Imphal East M. Manoj Kumar acquitted Jibal, from the charges levelled against him and directed to release him from jail in the infamous rape and murder of Ningombam Seityabhama Devi in 2013.
Ningombam Seityabhama Devi Case
N Satyabhama, a Junior Research Fellow of Pathology department, RIMS was found murdered on April 5, 2013, a couple of days after she left her Kakwa residence.
The case was on from April 2013 and after the completion of the investigation, the investigation officer of the case submitted the charge sheets under section 302 (Murder) and 120-B (common intention) before the Court. Charges were framed against the accused on November 20, 2013 under section 302 and 120-B IPC.
To investigate the crime, the state government constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by an additional SP. On August 28, 2013, the SIT submitted charge sheet against the accused trio before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal East and charged Ksh Biju under section 376 (rape), u/s 302 murder and u/s 120- criminal conspiracy, while Jiban and Toijam Thesuch alias James Bond were charged under section 120-B.
December 2020 Order
The court in its judgment order stated that both the convicted persons conspired to eliminate the deceased. It stated that Ksh Biju murdered the victim Seityabhama Devi by strangulation in conspiracy with Toijam Thesuch. It also stated that Biju had committed raped upon Seityabhama. However, the prosecution failed to provide substantive proof against Thoudam Jibal for committing a criminal conspiracy of eliminating the deceased with the convicted duo, it stated.
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