In a horrifying and deeply disturbing incident that occurred two months ago in Manipur, a heart-wrenching video has emerged depicting the harrowing ordeal of two women. The footage shows them being paraded naked, brutally assaulted, and subjected to a heinous gangrape by a mob.
In the Kuki-Zomi dominated hill district of Kangpokpi, Manipur, two women, one in her 20s and the other in her 40s, faced a horrifying ordeal at the hands of a mob of men. A distressing video emerged, showing the women being forced to walk naked down a road and towards a field, while the men in the mob subjected them to abuse and assault. The brutality of the scene was deeply disturbing, with some men seen dragging the victims towards the field and groping them against their will.
Once again the cruelty and inhumanity of the Meitei surfaced. The video of two Kuki-Zo Women paraded naked is out for the world to see. Tribals of Manipur need to be separated from the barbaric Meitei. #ManipurViolence https://t.co/AUtZe9Eymm
— Ginza Vualzong (@vualzong) July 20, 2023
Shockingly, this distressing video has been widely circulated across social media platforms, bringing to light the gravity of the situation. While senior police officers have refrained from commenting on the matter, mid-level police officials have confirmed the authenticity of the incident, which took place on May 4.
This incident occurred in the Meitei-dominated valley district of Thoubal. However, the victims took the courageous step of filing a formal complaint at a police station in their home district of Kangpokpi. In response, a zero FIR (First Information Report) was registered in Kangpokpi, and the case was subsequently forwarded to the police station concerned in Thoubal for further investigation and action.
Tragically, the violence didn’t end there, as the mob, reportedly consisting of around 800 to 1000 individuals, also took the lives of two family members of the victims, as stated in the filed First Information Report (FIR). This appalling incident has sparked outrage and demands for justice from the public and authorities alike.
Following the video’s release, the Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum, an amalgamation of registered tribes in Churachandpur, reacted strongly by urging the state and central governments, as well as the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes and the National Commission for Women, to acknowledge the distressing incident and take decisive action against those responsible. Their demand for justice and accountability highlights the gravity of the situation and the need for immediate measures to address the perpetrators’ action.