Last Update: July 20, 2023, 00:29 AM IST
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday reacted to a May 4 video of two women allegedly being “roasted naked” on a road by a group of men and assured capital punishment for those involved.
talking to cnn-news18“It is a crime against humanity and if found to be true, the state government will leave no stone unturned to nab the culprits and give them the death penalty,” he said. “It is a heinous crime and I strongly condemn it.”
According to the Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF), the incident took place on May 4 in Kangpokpi district, a day after ethnic clashes broke out between the Meitei and Kuki communities in the state.
Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani also condemned the incident and described it as “absolutely inhuman”. “Investigation is currently underway and assure that no effort will be spared to bring the culprits to justice,” he tweeted.
Horrific video of sexual harassment of 2 women from Manipur is condemnable and downright inhuman. spoke to CM @nbrensingh Ji who has informed me that the investigation is still underway and has assured that no effort will be spared to bring the culprits to justice.- Smriti Z Irani (@smritirani) 19 July 2023
Biren Singh and Irani’s responses came after tensions escalated in the hills of Manipur over a May 4 video that surfaced on Wednesday, purportedly showing two women from a warring community being “roasted naked” by some men from the other side were shown.
Officials in Imphal said the video was circulating on the eve of a planned protest march announced by the ITLF on Thursday to highlight their plight.
News agency PTI A case of kidnapping, gangrape and murder has been registered against unidentified armed miscreants at Nongpok Sekmai police station in Thoubal district, police were quoted as saying.
In a statement, he said that all efforts are being made to arrest the culprits at the earliest.
Ethnic clashes have been raging in Manipur state since May 3 between the majority Meitei, concentrated in the Imphal Valley, and the Kuki people who occupy the hills. So far more than 160 people have died in the violence.
(With inputs from PTI)