This is further to our last update on Manav Singh’s suicide case. Manav was only 17-years-old when ended his life due to alleged harassment, bullying and shaming on social media under the pretext of False #MeToo.
Manav’s father Manoj Kumar has been fighting for justice since May 2020 and in a recent update, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has transferred the case to Crime Branch CID for reinvestigation. This development has happened on June 9, 2021.
Manoj’s Official Statement
After following the slow pace of investigation in Manav’s Case over the last one year, Manoj shares that the accused girls and their accomplices are still scot-free, making a mockery of the legal process. He further states that the accused have used all possible unfair means to derail justice. He quoted,
Taking note of the plea made by us (parents), the NHRC has considered the material placed on record. From the perusal of the report, it is apparent that the enquiry report is silent about the any arrest neither made in the matter nor sent the mobile phones for forensic on time. There are various lapses in investigation which also suggest that the present investigation by the present IO failed to follow the basic principal and procedure of law.
The Commission is of the view that there has not been a fair investigation, hence, they have transferred the matter to the CBCID for re-investigation. The Principal Secretary, Department of Home, Govt of Haryana is directed to have the matter “further investigated” by the State CB-CID of FIR 237 dated 14.05.2020 u/s 306 IPC PS Sector 53, Gurugram, Haryana and submit an action taken report to the Commission within eight weeks.
CID Investigation Going Forward
As per the order issued by NHRC, the complaint involves a serious issue, in which a young boy has lost his life due to Cybercrime. The matter will be investigated by a proper CBCID Cell and proceedings of the same to be sent to the Home Ministry. The report will be presented within eight weeks.
On May 4, 2020, two girls known to Manav, ran a slanderous #MeToo campaign on social media platform Instagram. The campaign went viral and according to Manav’s father, the girls had been planning the entire day and co-ordinated each move to defame his son.
As alleged by Manoj, he states that the planning was so much in detail that there were discussions about,
Who would post first, who will tag Manav, who will threaten him & who will force him to end his life. In the end, they all succeeded in murdering our son. They trolled & threatened him, driving him to take the extreme step of ending his life. It was a well-planned cold blooded murder, with a conspiracy to target an innocent person.
Manoj further states that earlier in July 2020, the Ld. Metropolitan Magistrate, Gurugram Courts, observed that “the Investigating Officers are working at a low pace in the present matter for the reasons best known to them.” The Court then chose to exercise its power under Section 156(3) of the CrPC to monitor the investigation and directed that henceforth the Investigating Officer/S.I.T. shall file Status Report qua progress in the investigation every 15 days till the filing of the Charge sheet.
Advocate Amish Aggarwala is representing Manav’s case – who is striving to set a strict example for anyone – especially who drives minor children to end life due to unfounded social media allegations.