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Manipur Viral Video News: Senior cop explains delay in action on sexual harassment of two Kuki Zo women

Four people have been arrested in connection with the sexual assault of two women in Manipur after a video of the incident went viral. The victims had reportedly complained to police in another district, leading to a delay in the case being transferred to the relevant police station.

A Manipur policeman stands guard as members of Meira Paibis, powerful vigilante group of Hindu majority Meitei women, block traffic to check vehicles for members from rival tribal Kuki community, in Imphal, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur (AP)Premium
A Manipur policeman stands guard as members of Meira Paibis, powerful vigilante group of Hindu majority Meitei women, block traffic to check vehicles for members from rival tribal Kuki community, in Imphal, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur (AP)

Manipur News: The gruesome video that shows two Kuki Zo women being paraded naked and were allegedly ‘brutally-raped’ by a mob consisting of Mettei men, has attracted mass outcry for more reasons than one. The first being, why investigation and arrests were not made in the case when faces of the perpetrators were clearly visible in the video?

The incident allegedly took place on 4 May, a day after violence broke out in Manipur between the minority Kuki community and the Hindu majority Meitei community. However, authoritarian action in the matter only fact-paced itself after a video became viral on Wednesday.

Several sub-narratives have since arisen accentuating and adding to the chain of events that took place. However, question still remained that how could two women be taken away when police officials were escorting them to safety. Further, how could such a heinous crime take place two kilometres away from a police station and yet it took more than two months for police officials to take action?

A senior police official of the Manipur Police has attributed the reason to ‘lack of evidence’.

Four people have now been arrested by the Manipur Police following the huge outcry and criticism for the lack of action on the part of Chief minister N Biren Singh, and the Manipur Police.

"Four main accused arrested in the Viral Video Case: 03 (three) more main accused of the heinous crime of abduction and gangrape under Nongpok Sekmai PS, Thoubal District have been arrested today. So a total 04 (four) persons have been arrested till now," the Manipur Police tweeted.

According to a report by Hindustan Times, It took more than a month for the FIR in connection with the sexual assault of two women in Manipur's Kangpokpi district on 4 May to be transferred to the relevant police station since the victims had reportedly fled their homes and had complained to the police in another district.

Thoubal superintendent of police Sachidananda told The Indian Express that the police “could not take any action" so far due to “lack of evidence".

Sachidananda further told the news media outlet, “That very day, the Nongpok Sekmai police station was being mobbed by people trying to loot arms. Police were busy guarding the police station". 

One of the victims had earlier told The Indian Express that the police were there with the mob which was attacking their village. "The police picked us up from near home, took us a little away from the village and left us on the road with the mob. We were given to them by the police," she was quoted as saying.

Village chief Thangboi Vaiphei told Hindustan Times, that his complaint lead to the ZERO FIR on 18 May. A ZERO FIR  is filed against unknown people. 

The HT report states that the ZERO FIR was forwarded to the appropriate police station only on 21 June — said the family was finally rescued by a police team from the Nongpok Samai police station 2km away.

But the mob waylaid them and “snatched" them from police custody — though in statements to some media outlets, one of the women later said they were handed over by the police to the mob — killed a man, before assaulting the women and parading them naked. One of the women was later gangraped, the FIR said, adding that the mob also killed her 19-year-old brother for trying to intervene. “The brother of the younger victim was butchered to death. Nobody came to the rescue of the older women," Vaiphei said.

 

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Published: 21 Jul 2023, 02:44 PM IST
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