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UN Rapporteur holds consultation with NGOs
Sobhapati Samom
 IMPHAL,April 28 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences(UNSRVAW) Rashida Manjoo held a consultative meeting with the representatives of the civil society organisations, women human rights defenders, victims and other advocates working on violence against women at the Classic hotel here today.

 The meeting which was attended by more than 200 delegates and family members of women victims of violence from all over the Northeastern region and West Bengal based organisations, was moderated by former chairperson of Arunachal Pradesh State Women’s Commission Ms Jarjum Ete who is the secretary of National Alliance of Women.

The UN envoy introducing her mandate and purpose of her visit to India, said that the death of a woman is not a new act, but the ultimate act in the continuing violence in the life of a woman.

Mother of late Thangjam Manorama who was among the deponents in the day’s gathering, broke down while giving her testimony.

“She appealed for justice for her daughter who was brutally tortured and raped by personnel of the Assam Rifles before she was killed and her body abandoned in a field”, said Dr Laifungbam Debabrata Roy Convenor of Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and UN (CSCHR). He added “The Special Rapporteur openly wept with Manorama’s mother”.

UN representative Manjoo in her closing remarks said that it was not her mandate to comment on the depositions made before her, and that her report will be based on facts, according to a statement of CSCHR.

She also said that her opinions and conclusions as an independent expert were her alone, that these would not be changed or shaped by any influence, whether from government or any other.

The UN envoy will hold a press conference in New Delhi before she concludes her mission on May 1. Iron Lady of Manipur Irom Sharmila submitted a letter through her elder brother Singhajit to the UN representative.

On her arrival here on Saturday, the UN envoy held a meeting with the State Chief Secretary DS Poonia and DGP Y Joykumar.

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