On Thursday (20 July), a bench of the Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice (CJI) D Y Chandrachud, took suo moto cognisance of the horrific video showing two women being paraded naked in Manipur and subjected to sexual violence.
The Supreme Court has asked the state government to inform the court, of the steps taken to bring perpetrators under scrutiny.
The CJI stated that, “The Court is deeply disturbed by the visuals of the video which surfaced yesterday (19 July) on the perpetration of sexual violence of women in Manipur. We are of the view that the Court must be apprised of the steps taken by the government to hold the perpetrators accountable and that such instances are not repeated.
"The visuals which are portrayed in the media reflects gross constitutional infraction. Using women as an instrument to perpetrate violence in a charged atmosphere is simply unacceptable”.
The Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta appearing for the central government concurred with the bench and condemned the incident.
Mehta stated that the same is unacceptable and that he joins the view of the bench. The matter has been directed to be listed on the 28 July.
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