On 29th May, Reigphamy Awungshi, a 21-year-old girl from Manipur was found dead in her rented room in South Delhi. Her body was lying in a pool of blood with multiple injuries: her nose was bitten off, a leg bore a large cut mark, her eyelids were scratched.
Shockingly Delhi police concluded that it was suicide, after ignoring the gruesome wounds on her body. They did not even lodge an FIR till there was public outrage.
Thousands allege that police tampered with evidence in the room, and the suicide theory also restricted the scope of post-mortem.Reigphamy’s friends and well-wishers, claim that this is racial prejudice.
Local SHO made a discriminatory statement saying that “NorthEast girls work in spas and that is why such incidents take place”.
Reingamphi friends and relatives suspect that she was raped and murdered. They also allege that a brother-in-law of the landlord used to harass her.
It was the landlord who first noticed the body when he peeped through the ventilator above the door. He informed police who broke open the door and found the body. However, the backdoor of the room was found open. Police should have observed this, but they did not.
In an outrageous incident, some local residents of the locality in Chirag Delhi allegedly threatened that those from the northeast here would face consequences if any local boy was picked up by police. Thousands of people have been protesting but there is no significant impact of the investigation. The incident and the lack of action from the police side is very similar to mysterious deaths of Richard Loitam, Dana Sangma and the racial assaults that led to the mass exodus from Bangalore in 2012.
It is also apparent from this case that the May 10, 2012 Home ministry advisory on racial discrimination and profiling of the northeast peoples in the metros seems to have been ignored by the law enforcing agencies at the ground level.
Please sign this petition and telling the Members of Parliament (NorthEast India) and Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Chief Minister of Manipur to ensure immediate and unbiased investigation of Reigphamy Awungshi’s death.
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