A massive protest rally took to the streets of Manipur’s Churachandpur on Friday after a disturbing video captured the public humiliation and abuse of two tribal women amid the state’s caste conflicts. Video of the two-month-old incident, which surfaced a day earlier, showed women being paraded naked and sexually assaulted by a mob, sparking widespread outrage and demands for justice.
The Manipur Police on Thursday announced that they have detained one of the primary suspects who appeared in the 26-second footage captured from Thoubal district. According to officials the accused is believed to be the mastermind He is behind the incident.
After the video surfaced, Chief Minister N Biren Singh assured the public that strict action would be taken against all the culprits involved in this heinous act. possibility of capital punishment, Several police units were immediately formed to investigate the incident and ensure speedy justice.
“My heart goes out to the two women who were subjected to the most humiliating and inhuman act,” Mr Singh tweeted on Thursday. He confirmed that a thorough investigation is underway and no stone will be left unturned to ensure justice to the victims.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the incident which took place against the backdrop of ongoing ethnic conflict in the region. In his first comments on the conflict, which has claimed at least 80 lives so far, PM Modi termed the attack as “shameful” and promised strong action.
Turmoil in ManipurThe outbreak in the state of 3.2 million residents, which borders Myanmar, followed a court order in early May that urged the state government to consider extending economic benefits and quotas for the tribal Kuki people to the majority Meitei population. The violence initially subsided by mid-May, but sporadic clashes and killings resumed shortly thereafter, plunging the state into a state of unrest. Hundreds of people have been injured in the conflict and more than 40,000 have been displaced from their homes.
meanwhile, Disturbing video pops up This has sparked national outrage, the authenticity of the video is yet to be confirmed. In the parliamentary session, PM Modi expressed grief over the incident and stressed the need for strong law enforcement measures in all states. “What happened to the daughters of Manipur can never be forgiven,” he said.
The Supreme Court has also expressed deep displeasure over the incident, with Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud saying, “This is unacceptable in a constitutional democracy.” The court asked the government to apprise it of the steps taken to nab the culprits and prevent recurrence of such incidents.