Although the report does have some shortcomings, it recognises that torture is prohibited under customary law without any exceptions and the condemnation of it in the Indian constitution.
The order may or may not bring closure and peace to the victims’ families, but it has renewed hope for justice in areas where the AFSPA is in force.
A rape survivor deserves justice no matter who the accused is – something the media and the ruling party seem to conveniently ignore.
At the Supreme Court’s asking, a rights group in Manipur is sorting through files pertaining to over 1,528 victims of alleged extra-judicial killings to place before the judges.
Today, it is hard to see India standing up for any values at all. The reasons, as Menon wrote so perceptively in his essay on Sri Lanka, have to do with “internal politics”.
Teresa Rehman’s book documents 12 narratives of Manipuri women activists who so radically sited their bodies for struggle and pushed the envelope to give a whole new meaning to the word “mother” in patriarchal structures.
Was the impassioned focus on Sharmila’s electoral fate merely to delude ourselves that we are also concerned about Manipur and not just the numerically important ‘mainland states’?
A look at the important milestones in the Iron Lady’s journey.
“Now that I’m a free woman, I’ll convene a new political party on October 10 to fight the coming election,” Sharmila told journalists after the judgment.
Irom Sharmila talks about her plans to form her own party and about seeking support from Arvind Kejriwal for the upcoming assembly elections in Manipur.
Churachandpur seethes with anger, uncertainty remains about the Naga Accord and political tensions remain high over the ILP, as the assembly polls near.
In her first public engagement since breaking her fast, Sharmila reached out to the families evicted by the Manipur government to develop the area for tourism.
“Let us walk together, change together,” Sharmila said on Tuesday. Manipur clearly aspires for change, yet this seems like an impossible task.
Individuals and groups, some reluctantly, are starting to express their backing for Sharmila’s decision as public debate over her fast and Manipur’s future rages on.
The rights activist Irom Sharmila will end her epic hunger strike on August 9, taking her struggle against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and the culture of impunity to the next level.
She fasted for 16 years to demonstrate to the rest of India that there can be no normality when the armed forces have the right to shoot to kill. The burden of ending impunity must now be shared by us all.
The activist began her hunger strike in November 2000 after 10 civilians were gunned down by Assam Rifles soldiers at a bus stop in Malom, Imphal.
Anti-terrorist action is not conducted exclusively by the armed forces but also by the police, who are also protected from vexatious litigation by regular law.
The NHRC had probed numerous cases of extra-judicial killings in Manipur but unless these end in prosecutions the rule of law will remain compromised.
According to members of the J&K Interlocutors Group, recommendations made after the unrest in 2010 could have prevented the current spell on violence in the state, had they been implemented.
The state has seen years of protest against the oppressive Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.
Irom Sharmila says she doesn’t want to die. She wants to live like anyone else, she wants to fly like a bird with a message of peace and humanity across the seven seas. But she says she cannot live with dignity under the AFSPA.
A new book examines the painful testimonies and dogged silences of families whose members have been murdered, tortured or raped by security forces, in a place where “everything is in a state of violent, tragic flux”.
Mehbooba Mufti recognises her party’s alliance with the BJP has cost it support, yet she cannot walk away from her father’s legacy. By demanding New Delhi adhere to an agreed ‘roadmap’, she hopes to square the circle.
This sensational but sorry episode is replete with many more ironies. Not the least is Herojit’s appeal to his colleagues in the police to not follow “illegal” orders.