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The Supreme Court made registration of an FIR mandatory in cases of use of excessive force that results in death of an individual by the armed forces or state police. Photo: Mint
The Supreme Court made registration of an FIR mandatory in cases of use of excessive force that results in death of an individual by the armed forces or state police. Photo: Mint

SC pulls up centre, Manipur govt for not probing cases of rape against army men

SC asks Manipur government if it closed the cases of rape and sexual assault against army men because it didn't get any help from the army

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday criticized the Centre and the Manipur government for not probing cases of rape and sexual assault, allegedly committed by army men.

“Is it true that you may have alleged rapists in the army," the court asked attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, who was appearing for the Indian Army.

“Did you close the case because you didn’t get any help from army or is your helplessness a tacit understanding you have with the forces," the court asked the Manipur government.

A bench comprising justices Madan B. Lokur and U.U. Lalit was hearing a batch of pleas on stalled investigation into allegations against armed forces in areas under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).

ALSO READ: SC to revisit 2016 verdict on police probe of Army killings in AFSPA areas

Last year, the apex court had ruled that every allegation of use of excessive force that results in death of an individual by the armed forces or state police in Manipur must be looked into.

The court made registration of a first information report (FIR) mandatory in such cases.

The ruling came in a petition filed by Extra Judicial Execution Victim Families Association seeking an inquiry into 1,528 alleged encounter killings in the state.

The Centre has sought a review of the 2016 ruling.

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