Reingamphi Awungshi was found dead in her rented flat in a south Delhi neighbourhood on 29 May 2013. She was 21 from Manipur.It has been less than a year since her death, and it would have been forgotten, the case closed, if it wasn’t for Golmei, an activist and founder-member of Burma Centre Delhi and Human Rights Law Network. The police were refusing to file a first information report (FIR). The same night even before the post-mortem was completed, the police announced that it was a suicide and the injuries to her face, legs, and feet were caused by rats after her death. The next day after the post-mortem the police told Reingamphi’s relatives and friends to take her body from the mortuary, and that the case was closed.
The protesters didn’t budge until the case was transferred to the crime branch, and on 3 June, an FIR was finally registered for murder. The Human Rights Law Network is fighting the case for free. The latest test reports conclude that no drugs or poison were found in her body, and that there was semen on her clothes, though the cause of death is still not clear.
The court has ordered a DNA test to see if the semen matches that of Reingamphi’s landlord and his brother-in-law, both of whom had access to her house from a back door which was found open when her body was discovered,” says Amiy Shukla, the lawyer who is handling the case.