Women of India Rise in Rage


  • July 21, 2023
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Groundxero | 21 July, 2023

 

A statement by feminists, writers and activists regarding the sexual assault of Kuki Zo women in Manipur demanding the immediate dismissal of N Biren Singh from the post of Chief Minister of Manipur and asking the Supreme Court of India set up an Independent Enquiry Committee to examine the scale of violence against women in Manipur.

 

*Women of India Rise in Rage*

 

*We Demand the Dismissal of CM Biren Singh!*

 

*We Demand Justice for the Kuki-Zo Women who were Brutally Assaulted*

 

We, the undersigned, are outraged that it takes a viral video of unbelievable brutality on the Kuki women of Kangpokpi district for the Chief Minister of Manipur to Act; and for the Prime Minister of India to speak after 75 days of deafening silence.

 

When the Chief Minister of a state confesses on national television to “hundreds” of rapes and incidents of sexual assault on his watch, it is time for him to go. He has lost the moral right to govern. Biren Singh’s words to a TV anchor are an unprecedented, shocking and brazen confession by a ruling Chief Minister that he knew for months about the scale of sexual violence and mob assaults being unleashed against women in Manipur. And he did nothing, except cover them up by banning the internet to stop information about this horrific truth from getting out.

 

The CM and government of Manipur has encouraged Meitei supremacist violence and its language of xenophobic hatred; Meitei-chauvinist militant groups like Arambai Tenggol and Meitei Leepun have been given free rein to indulge in hate-speech, and instigate, organise and carry out targeted violence against the Kuki-Zo community. This atrocity against Kuki women, is a product of this politically patronised politics of hatred. Every day that Biren Singh continues to remain CM is a slap in the face of the women of Manipur and the women of India. We demand his immediate dismissal.

 

*We rage against the impunity of the mob*

 

The video that went viral on social media on 20 July 2023 shows an incident of 4 May 2023, in Kangpokpi district of Manipur, in which two Kuki women are seen paraded naked and groped by a mob of Meitei men. A survivor has recounted that they were told, “If you don’t take off your clothes, we will kill you.” Of the three, the youngest, a 21-year-old woman, was gang-raped. Her 56-year-old father and 19-year-old brother were killed. This incident took place as five people of the Kuki community fled their village to escape a murderous mob. The FIR states that the assailants were armed with sophisticated weapons like AK Rifles, SLR. INSAS and .303 Rifles : proof that the state government has outsourced violence to mobs of the dominant community, in the on-going violence in Manipur.

 

The images on the video have shaken all of India, as it has shaken each of us.  It tells us about the nature of this crime. Stripping and parading of women publicly is an attempt to strip the victims of their dignity and humanity. This form of sexual violence is a hate crime meant to assert social and political dominance over the community to which victims belong; that the perpetrators looked at the camera and filmed their crime as a trophy, tells us how much impunity they enjoy in Manipur. We demand an end to this impunity for violence against women.

 

*We rage against the silence of elected leaders*

 

Every woman in this country is shaken that it took a viral video to get our leaders to open their mouths about such egregious violence going on, day after day, against women. Given that the CM of Manipur knew about it, the Home Minister would have known, the Prime Minister would have known. The fact is that the survivors of the assault in the video have been speaking up from the very beginning. In at least 5 other cases of sexual violence, survivors or victim’s kin have spoken and given testimonies to citizens and journalists; these have appeared in international, national and regional news publications. There are documented testimonies of two Kuki-Zo mothers about the rape and murder of their daughters by a Meitei mob; the murder of a woman whose body was found shot, burnt, and dismembered; and the abduction, rape and brutal thrashing of an 18-year-old woman, who narrowly escaped being killed. But no elected leader, either in Manipur or at the Centre spoke a word.

 

In mid-June 2023, 550 concerned citizens on Manipur issued a statement asking for accounts of sexual violence to be investigated. A fact-finding team of women’s rights activists visited Manipur in the end of June 2023 and reported that several women had experienced sexual violence. Instead of investigating and acting against the perpetrators of crimes against women, the Manipur state and police filed FIRs against the Fact-Finding team itself, accusing it of working against the interests of the state and the nation.

 

*How many such cases of brutal violence have taken place? How will justice be ensured in the face of obvious State complicity in the cover up?*

 

Every institution of India has failed women. The National Commission for Women, the National Human Rights Commission, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes – neither has found it fit, after 2 months of violence, to visit the state and document these crimes. The Governor of Manipur, Anusuiya Uikey, instead of helping heal wounds, has only fueled xenophobia by suggesting that “infiltrators” (implying Kukis are not Indian, but terrorists from across the border) are to be blamed for the on-going violence in Manipur.

 

We, therefore, ask that the Supreme Court of India set up an Independent Enquiry Committee to examine the scale of violence against women in Manipur.

 

 *WE DEMAND THAT*:

 

  • The immediate dismissal of N Biren Singh from the post of Chief Minister of Manipur.

 

  • The State must ensure social, emotional, physical and economic rehabilitation of the survivors, dignity, privacy and security from further harassment and violence. The survivors must be provided all legal assistance and enabled to pursue justice for what they have suffered.

 

  • Intervention and monitoring by the Supreme Court of the implementation of rule of law in this case and in the investigation of other cases of mob violence in Manipur.

 

  • An Independent enquiry committee should be constituted by the Supreme Court of India to examine the scale of violence against women in the on-going conflict in Manipur.

 

  • Fact finding, solidarity and enquiry teams by citizens, activists and civil society must be allowed to visit Manipur and help document these crimes, without fear of state reprisal or police cases.

 

Requesting all to endorse it by 3 pm tomorrow (22 July) and to please share it widely in your circles.

Endorse here: https://forms.gle/kzvNofMXqxYLCJdA7

 

Signed by:

 

Anuradha, Saheli, New Delhi.

Farah Naqvi, Writer and Activist, New Delhi.

Kavita Krishnan, Feminist Activist, New Delhi.

Ranjana Padhi, Writer and Activist, Odisha.

 

The complete Open Letter and List of Signatories is attached below:

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  • comments
    By: Pushpal ghosh on July 21, 2023

    We are in jungle rules

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    By: Aruna Singh on July 22, 2023

    Government Of India Has To, Actually & Genuinely Take Care Of Democratic Aspects Of Our Constitution & Ensure Safety Of Our Women!

    It’s High Time That Indian Women Also Got Together & Supported Eachother Against Such Extreme Atrocities….. Remember Nirbhaya Case? Women Have To Get Together Again And Support These Unfortunate Young Women Of Manipur

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    By: Rachna on July 22, 2023

    Justice to be meted to the women

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    By: LizV on July 22, 2023

    Immediate and severe punishment that will deter others to STOP these atrocities.

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    By: Dr Mansee Bal Bhargava on July 22, 2023

    I stand in solidarity with women of Manipur and all the other women of India against the atrocities by the men and the mob.

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    By: Lima Rosalind on July 22, 2023

    Bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice I’m outraged.

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    By: Rev Arpana Rangayya on July 22, 2023

    Justice for the Kuki women brutally assaulted.Internatinal Day of Justice held this month has no meaning for present India !

  • comments
    By: Joseph philip on July 22, 2023

    As an INDIAN, I BOW MY HEAD DOWN IN SHEAR SHAME.

  • comments
    By: Josephine Joseph on July 23, 2023

    I am pained by the state violence on kukki women ,we demand the Manipur government be dismissed.

  • comments
    By: Chandran Puthiyottil on July 23, 2023

    In solidarity

  • comments
    By: Sheena John on July 23, 2023

    It’s high time the judicial system woke up and take action against heinous crimes against women ….it’s a pity that the voices of our women are not heard ..

  • comments
    By: Sangeeta Dsouza on July 23, 2023

    I will spread this as much as possible…keeping manipur in my prayers, justice and peace must prevail

  • comments
    By: Sangeeta Dsouza on July 23, 2023

    God Bless Manipur

  • comments
    By: Rita Davla on July 23, 2023

    Justice justice Justice

  • comments
    By: Shweta on July 23, 2023

    The PM & CM’s silence on the Manipur crisis is downright callous !

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    By: Ferengez Latif on July 23, 2023

    Outraged, traumatised and disgusted by this gut wrenching vile uncivilised attack on women in Manipur! Horrified by the inexplicable SILENCE of the PM. The CM must pack his bags!

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    By: Sonam Daswani Chatlani on July 23, 2023

    Justice to be delivered promptly ‼️

    As

    Justice delayed is Justice denied…..

  • comments
    By: Sonam Daswani Chatlani on July 23, 2023

    Justice to be delivered promptly ‼️

    As

    Justice delayed is Justice denied…..

    Make this world a better place by creating peace and harmony. Women empowerment is the most needed and important part of todays lifestyle.

  • comments
    By: Anju on July 23, 2023

    Shame on the govt ofIndia ruling party BJP
    not taking time action in Manipur

  • comments
    By: Chhaya on July 23, 2023

    God bless your efforts! Thank you so much for raising the issue! 🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • comments
    By: Flavia Cerejo on July 23, 2023

    Stop all atrocities in Manipur especially on Kuki women. Immediate removal of Biren Singh as Chief minister

  • comments
    By: Flavia Cerejo on July 23, 2023

    Stop all atrocities in Manipur especially on Kuki women. Immediate removal of Biren Singh as Chief minister of Manipur. Justice delayed is justice denied.

  • comments
    By: Seema Punwani on July 23, 2023

    It is like a horror in city of manipur . Why modi government has not taken charge of the situation. How can women be treated so badly.

  • comments
    By: Bomi Framroze on July 23, 2023

    Bring back our humanity

  • comments
    By: Renuka on July 24, 2023

    I support this cause to fight for justice for those who have been wronged in this incident . They are scarred for life and need to be supported.

  • comments
    By: Paramjeet Kaur on July 24, 2023

    So disgusting and shameful for our country.

  • comments
    By: Paramjeet Kaur on July 24, 2023

    Same tging should be done to there families of the culprits

  • comments
    By: Rakesh Gupta on July 24, 2023

    Nothing to say except that the belief we are human being starts to shake.

  • comments
    By: Prema Thakur on July 24, 2023

    This govt establishment is not ready to acknowledge is shameful incident in Manipur I really am shocked by the minister for women’s welfare madam Irani and the shameless CM Manipur 😡😡😡

  • comments
    By: Prema Thakur on July 24, 2023

    Excellent initiative

  • comments
    By: Sweety Manuel on July 26, 2023

    Punish the offenders

  • comments
    By: Sweety Manuel on July 26, 2023

    Give justice

  • comments
    By: Priya on July 29, 2023

    We want justice

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