Overview of the Manipur Violence on May 3
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The Manipur violence outbreak on May 3 shocked the nation, leaving deep scars in the hearts of its people. Amidst the chaos, a heart-wrenching incident took place in Thoubal on May 4, which was captured in a viral video, lasting only 26 seconds. This article delves into the complete story of the harrowing event, shedding light on the dark truths that unfolded on that fateful day.
The Incident: Two Women Forced to Walk Naked
The viral video that surfaced showed a distressing scene where two women were coerced by a mob to walk naked down a road and into a field. To add to their torment, some men even resorted to forcibly groping them during this horrifying ordeal. The victims, one in her 20s and the other in her 40s, hailed from the Kuki-Zomi dominated hill district of Kangpokpi. Tragically, this incident occurred in the Meitei-dominated valley district of Thoubal.
Unveiling the Whole Truth
However, the viral video only depicted a part of the cruel reality. According to the victims’ complaint, a third woman, aged in her 50s, was also among those forced to undress by the merciless mob. Shockingly, the complaint further alleged that the younger woman was brutally gang-raped in broad daylight during this tragic episode.
The Heinous Attack and Escape
The victims recounted a chilling account of the attack. A large group of 800-1,000 individuals, armed with sophisticated weapons such as AK Rifles, SLR, INSAS, and .303 Rifles, descended upon their village, leaving destruction in their wake. The assailants looted their homes and set the entire village ablaze, plunging the community into chaos and despair.
In a desperate bid to survive, the three women and two relatives of the youngest woman fled into the dense forest. The police, acting on their duty to protect, later found them and began escorting them to the police station for safety. However, tragedy struck once again when the mob intercepted them, merely two kilometers away from the station.
The Unthinkable: Stripped and Violated
The turn of events took a more sinister and horrifying turn. The youngest woman’s father was killed on the spot, and all three women were forcibly stripped naked in front of the savage mob. In a nightmarish sequence, the youngest woman was subjected to a heinous act of rape right before the eyes of her horrified companions. In a futile attempt to protect his sister, the young woman’s brother met the same tragic fate and lost his life.
Seeking Refuge and Pursuing Justice
After narrowly escaping the clutches of the ruthless mob through the adjoining hill district of Tengnoupal, the three women found refuge in relief camps. The authorities, shaken by the gravity of the incident, registered a zero FIR on May 18 in the Kangpokpi district, charging “unknown armed miscreants” with abduction, gangrape, and murder.
Following the surfacing of the video, the Manipur police swiftly registered a case at Nongpok Sekmai police station in Thoubal district, leading to one arrest thus far. The pursuit of justice for the victims and their families continues, as the nation grapples with the sorrowful reality of the Thoubal tragedy.
The Thoubal incident stands as a stark reminder of the horrors that can unfold when humanity is lost, and violence consumes rationality. It is a call for collective efforts to uphold justice, compassion, and empathy, lest such dark days haunt us again in the future.