Manipur: India outrage after two women paraded naked in violence-hit state
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India has expressed outrage over a video showing two women being paraded naked by a mob in the violence-hit northeastern state of Manipur.

According to police, a gang rape case has been opened and a man has been arrested, and others will be arrested shortly.

As the monsoon session begins on Thursday, this is likely to dominate discussions.

In addition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “no innocent person will be spared” for the incident, which had “shamed India”.

In his first public comments on Manipur since the violence began more than two months ago, he said: “The law will take its course with all its might. The daughters of Manipur will never be forgiven what happened to them.”

As well as expressing concern over the assault, the Supreme Court did so as well. The Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud has asked the government to take action over the video.

According to police, the assault on the women occurred on 4 May, but went viral on social media on Thursday. According to the federal government, all social media companies are being asked to remove the video from their platforms.

The Meitei and Kuki communities in Manipur have been fighting since May, resulting in 130 deaths and 60,000 displacements.

Several social media users shared the horrific video of the two women on Wednesday. Men drag them and grope them, then push them into a field after dragging them.

The Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF) reported the atrocities in a statement against Kuki-Zo tribal women in Kangpokpi district. Furthermore, gang rape was alleged to have occurred.

‘This shouldn’t be happening in modern India’: By Geeta Pandey, BBC News, Delhi

Women’s bodies often become a battleground during riots and conflicts, and rape and sexual assault are used as instruments of punishment.

In Manipur, a Kuki mother and daughter were groped and molested by a mob of men while stripped naked and paraded.

It is disturbing to watch the videos showing women weeping and wincing in pain, begging their attackers for mercy.

The fact that the first arrest was made only after the outrage in the case that happened 78 days ago and was reported to the police more than two months ago doesn’t inspire much confidence in the administration – especially since many of the men can clearly be seen in the footage.

Yet the massive outrage in India following the video’s release has brought the horrific crime to light. Further, it prompted Mr Modi to make a statement regarding the ethnic violence after the state failed to comfort the survivors.

A swift action must now be taken against the perpetrators of the horrific assault and justice must be brought to the women of violence-torn Manipur, especially the minority Kuki community. Modern India should not allow such things to happen.

In addition to the gang rape of the women, two men were killed by the mob after the village was burnt down.

Several people were abducted, gang raped, and murdered in Thoubal district on 4 May, according to police.

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Politicians from across the political spectrum have expressed strong reactions to the incident.

The incident was condemned as “downright inhuman” by Federal Minister Smriti Irani.

It was also criticized by several opposition leaders for not doing enough to quell the violence in the state by the Bharatiya Janata Party government.

“It is heartbreaking to see images of sexual violence against women in Manipur,” said Congress party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadhra.

A condemnation was also issued by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. A heinous act of this nature cannot be tolerated in Indian society, he said.