Sunday, January 29, 2023

Manipur lawyers protest against assault on lady colleague; court work suspended


Work remained suspended in the courts in Manipur on Friday after the lawyers protested against assault of one of the lady colleagues.
On January 10, advocate N Tejpriya Devi in uniform was physically assaulted by a 27-year-old youth who waylaid her on her way from High Court of Manipur to the Revenue Tribunal in Imphal’s Lamphelpat. The police later arrested Longjam Rohit of Thangmeib and Maisnam Leikai in Imphal West district on the same day. Ending his three-day police custody period, the police produced him in a local court. The court remanded him to judicial custody for 15 days.
As per police record, on January 10, around 10.50 am, the lady advocate was stopped at Nagamapal Phougeishangbam Leikai due to traffic when a scooter driven by one person with a pillion rider hit on the back side of her two-wheeler.
The lady advocate told the driver of the vehicle to apologize. However, the pillion rider (the accused) shouted at her, slapped her, assaulted, mocked and insulted with callous words in public.
Condemning the assault with an attempt to outrage the modesty of the lady advocate, lawyer fraternities on Friday abstained from their duties. Owing to this, court cases in the High Court of Manipur and lower courts had to be postponed.
However, the courts took up urgent matters.
The lawyers adjourned their cases that were listed on Friday, as All Manipur Bar Association (AMBA) had earlier issued a notification regarding the matter.
AMBA in its notification, called upon all its members to abstain from their duties on January 13 from 11.30 am till the end of the court in solidarity with the lady colleague.
No lawyer represented the alleged accused when he was produced in the court.
However, the police, in its interrogation statement tabled in the court, stated that the alleged accused along with his friend was going to Uripok and on the way their vehicle hit the lady advocate vehicle.
As insisted by the advocate, they stopped and apologized but they were not sure if the lady advocate heard them.

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