The victim died at RIMS Hospital in Imphal on Thursday Credit: Representational image

Imphal: The nerve-wracking incident where a 16-year-old girl died after she was sexually assaulted and left for dead by her boyfriend and his friends in Manipur has shaken the citizens and raised concern over the safety of women in the state.

Condemning the inhumane act, Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) has sought a rigorous punishment against the culprits involved in an alleged gang-raped case under the POSCO Act, 2012.

The Commission has written to the concerned department to immediately for taking necessary actions against the culprits and also track down those absconders involved in the case, said MCPCR chairperson Sumatibala Ningthoujam.

According to Ningthoujam, the team had also visited the victim’s residence on Thursday and participated a meeting organised by CSO and a Joint Action Committee (JAC) was formed against the gangrape and brutal killing of the minor girl.

We will be having a meeting with various organisations who are working towards the protection of child rights on Friday and decide the future course of action, said Ningthoujam.

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In a memorandum by the JAC, chief minister N Biren Singh has assured to make efforts to fast track the case under relevant acts such as POSCO Act. Singh also assured compensation to the victim’s family with a minimum of Rs 5 lakh.

As per reports, the victim who was undergoing treatment at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Hospital in Imphal was succumbed due to an acute respiratory distress syndrome after near-drowning on Thursday.

Following a report of the victim’s demised; irate locals staged a protest rally towards Mayang Imphal Bazaar where they were stopped by police, it said.

Several locals and some police personnel were also injured when the police tried to control the mob as the angry locals tried to damage one of the suspected culprits’ house, said the report.

However, the situation is under control with additional forces from Imphal West, Imphal East, Thoubal and Bishnupur being deployed in the area.

So far, two culprits, including the main accused, are under police custody and efforts are on to arrest all others, who may have abetted or participated in the crime, in the earliest, it said.

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