Manipur Violence: A disturbing video showing two Manipur women being paraded naked has gone viral, sparking outrage from the Indigenous Tribal Leaders' Forum as evidence of heinous act.
This distressing incident took place in Kangpokpi district amidst mob violence that started after the burning of a village.
A relative of the victims filed a zero FIR, leading to the case being registered at Nongpok Sekmai police station.
According to TOI report, during the mob violence, two men were killed, and three women were forcibly stripped and subjected to gang-rape.
One of the victims' brothers lost his life while trying to protect his sister.
the three women managed to escape with the help of locals.
Presently, authorities are conducting an investigation to bring the perpetrators of these horrific crimes to justice.
The Manipur police declared that they were making a "all-out effort" to apprehend those responsible for the event.
According to the Officials, a case of gang rape, murder, and kidnapping was filed in connection with the crime.
Manipur police detained a major suspect a day after the horrifying video went viral online. Heradas (32), who was seen wearing a green T-shirt in the video, was apprehended in the Thoubal district, according to the police.
It all started on May 3, when a 'Tribal Solidarity March' was conducted in the 10 hill districts of Manipur to protest the Meitei community's desire for Scheduled Tribe (ST) classification, resulting in the deaths of at least 54 people.
Since May 3, Manipur has been engulfed in a state of unrest as clashes erupted between the Meitei and Kuki communities, triggered by a protest march organized by the All Tribal Students' Union Manipur (ATSUM). Tragically, the ongoing violence in the hilly state has resulted in the loss of over 100 lives.
A long history of mutual suspicion between ethnic groups in the Imphal valley and its surrounding hills erupted into a simmering conflict after the BJP-led Manipur government began an eviction drive to remove tribal villagers from the reserved forest.
The Chief Minister N Biren Singh tweeted the news of the arrest and promised that his administration would take harsh measures against all of the offenders, including the potential of the death penalty.
The government has been urged to take action and inform the court of the measures being taken to safeguard the safety of women in the area, according to Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud.
The Chief Justice warned that the Supreme Court would take up the case on July 28 if the government didn't take action.