Imphal: The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has directed the state Director-General of Police (DGP) to take action against the administrator of a Facebook page named ‘Kanglei emagi….’ for running it in a derogatory and obscene manner.

On Tuesday, a complaint was registered against the FB page under Section 12 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 for allegedly sharing photos and videos of women and posting derogatory and obscene comments without their consent or knowledge.

The case was filed by Mingsel Foundation president Jelina Ashem. She said that the Facebook page has been sharing photos and videos of several women, discussing and commenting about them in a derogatory manner. Such an act is a clear infringement and violation of human rights, she added.

The private page claims to have around 25,000 members.

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She further said that while social media is supposed to be a platform where people reach out to one another, share one’s ideas and thoughts to empower each other by giving a platform for global participation, it is extremely unfortunate that it is being used to degrade women by objectifying them.

Many innocent women are now a victim of such crime with many of them constantly being threatened, the complainant added.

Meanwhile, the commission further asked the DGP to respond to the complaint within three weeks time and take necessary action on or before July 6.

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