After the incident of 2 women being stripped naked and paraded on the road in Manipur, there is anger and boil in the whole country. In this matter, Manipur is on target for the lax attitude of the government. This northeastern state is burning with violence. Meanwhile, the husband of the victim woman has given an interview to the TV channel and told about that moment of fear. He also told that the police were watching all this as mute spectators.
The great thing is that the husband of one of the victim women has been in the Indian Army and he has also fought in the Kargil war. In an interview to channel Aaj Tak, he said that he fought for the country in the Kargil war and was also in Sri Lanka as part of the Indian peacekeeping force, but could not save his wife and villagers.
He said that on the morning of May 4, a mob torched several houses in the area. Stripped both the women and forced them to walk on the village road in front of people.
The mob was treating his family like animals. During this, the police was silently watching all this. He said that the police did nothing. He also demanded strictest punishment for these poor people.
Demonstration of women rights activists: After the video of two women being sexually assaulted and paraded naked in Manipur surfaced, women rights activists of the northeastern states demanded strict action against the culprits.
Manipur-based women’s rights activist and secretary of Women Action for Development (WAD), Sobita Mangasatbam, said the incident brought to light through the video was “shocking, unfortunate and a gross violation of human rights”.
He said that women and children are used as weapons in conflict situations and the same is happening in Manipur. The state has a long history of violence against women and children, but it is a sad state of affairs that they do not get any justice.
Mangsatbam said Manipur has been in the grip of caste violence for nearly three months, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response came after “shocking videos” of the two women surfaced. Mangsatbam also appealed to the authorities not to politicize the issue.
The ‘Mizoram State Commission for Women’ (MSCW), ‘Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society’ (APWWS) and ‘Naga Mothers’ Association’ (NMA) have also written to the National Commission for Women (NCW) and the Manipur government, demanding both justice for women and a safe environment for all women and vulnerable sections.
The ‘Naga Mothers’ Association’ in its letter to the NCW president called for his immediate intervention in the ongoing violence in Manipur in the matter of crimes against women.
The letter states that it is a matter of shame that women and young girls are being targeted and subjected to violence, including rape and murder.
The ‘North East Network’ (Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland chapters) said government institutions appointed to provide security to women remained mute spectators despite complaints and statements from women and affected communities.
Anurita Pathak Hazarika, spokesperson of ‘North East Network’ told ‘PTI-Bhasha’ that Manipur is witnessing such violent incidents today but similar crimes against women continue unabated in every community, homes, workplaces and public places across the country.