Tuesday, July 23, 2024

NCW takes suo motu cognisance of women being paraded naked in Manipur, demands prompt action

NEW DELHI, JULY 20: The National Commission for Women has taken suo motu cognisance of an alleged incident of women being paraded naked in Manipur and asked the State police chief to take prompt action in the matter.
Tension mounted in the hills of Manipur after a May 4 video surfaced on Wednesday showing two women from one of the warring communities being paraded naked by a group of men from the other side.
“NCW condemns the Manipur incident. Taking suo motu cognizance, the DGP Manipur has been asked to promptly take appropriate action”, the NCW tweeted.
Earlier, Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said she spoke to Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh over the video, who informed her that investigation is currently underway and assured that no effort will be spared to bring perpetrators to justice.
Police in Manipur said a case of abduction, gang-rape and murder has been registered at Nongpok Sekmai police station in Thoubal district against unidentified armed persons.
They said an all-out effort is on to arrest the culprits at the earliest.
A spokesperson of Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF) said, “The despicable scene, which happened on May 4 in Kangpokpi district, shows men constantly molesting the helpless women, who cry and plead with their captors”.
More than 150 people have lost their lives and several injured since ethnic violence broke out in Manipur on May 3, when a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organised in the hill districts to protest against Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.
Meiteis account for about 53% of Manipur’s population and live mostly in the Imphal Valley, while tribals, which include Nagas and Kukis, constitute 40% and reside mostly in the hill districts. (PTI)