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Paula Banerjee

In: Challenging the Rule(s) of Law: Colonialism, Criminology and Human Rights in India

Chapter 10: Communities, Gender and the Border: A Legal Narrative on India's North East

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Communities, Gender and the Border: A Legal Narrative on India's North East
Communities, gender and the border: A legal narrative on India's North East
PaulaBanerjee

In the early hours of 11 July 2004, a young woman named Thangjam Manorama was allegedly raped, tortured and murdered by members of the Assam Rifles, who had arrested her a few hours prior. Protests against this heinous act took the character of a mass uprising, of which the Meira Peibies (literally, women torchbearers) were in the forefront. In an effort to justify their act, the Assam Rifles called Manorama an activist of the banned People's Liberation Army and said that she was killed when she was trying to flee from custody. The Meira Peibies and other civil liberties organisations remained undeterred. ...

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