Nationwide Outrage Sparks as Video of Two Women Paraded Naked in Manipur Emerges; Opposition Parties Corner Government in Parliament.
Women Spearheading Peaceful Demonstration for Restoration of Peace in Manipur. (Photo: AFP)
Tension grips Manipur once again as a disturbing video surfaced on social media platforms on May 4, revealing the horrifying sight of two women being paraded naked by a mob of dozens of men.
This incident shattered the state’s fragile sense of normalcy. The victims belonged to conflicting communities in the hill state, and reports suggest that one of the women was subjected to a gang-rape, while her brother lost his life trying to intervene.
The video triggered nationwide outrage, with leaders from all political backgrounds vehemently condemning the heinous act. In Parliament, opposition parties cornered the ruling BJP government over the distressing incident.
After a distressing video of two women being paraded naked and sexually assaulted went viral on social media, the Kuki community in Manipur staged a protest demanding strict action against the perpetrators.
The Manipur Police arrested one of the main accused seen in the video and registered a case of abduction, gang rape, and murder. Chief Minister N Biren Singh condemned the act, vowing to take strict action, possibly including capital punishment.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed pain and anger, assuring that the law would act decisively. The Supreme Court took cognizance of the video, urging immediate action by the government. The use of women for violence in communal strife was deemed deeply disturbing and unacceptable.
Delhi Commission for Women Chief Swati Maliwal wrote to PM Modi, urging immediate action to curb violence in Manipur and arrest those responsible for parading two women naked and allegedly sexually assaulting them.
The National Commission for Women formally directed Twitter India to remove the disgraceful video compromising the victims’ identities. Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge demanded the sacking of Manipur CM N Biren Singh and imposition of President’s rule in the state.
The opposition parties raised the issue of Manipur violence in the Parliament, accusing the Centre of turning democracy into “mobocracy.” The ethnic violence has claimed over 150 lives and left several injured since May 3.