In India’s brutal ethnic war, women are participants as well as victims

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In India’s brutal ethnic war, women are participants as well as victims

Women in India’s Manipur state have been both victims and participants in the sectarian violence that has plagued the region. According to residents and security officials, women have taken up arms, obstructed troops, and allegedly instigated sexual assaults. The conflict between the Meiteis and Kukis in Manipur has gained international attention, particularly after a video emerged showing two Kuki women being paraded naked by a jeering mob. One of the women in the video claimed to have been raped and her father and brother killed. The Kukis accuse a group of Meitei women known as Meira Paibis of instigating some of the sexual assaults against their community, although the Meiteis deny these allegations. This bitterness between communities has led to a complete breakdown of social ties and reconciliation seems unlikely. The Supreme Court of India has announced that it will monitor investigations into cases of sexual violence in Manipur. The federal parliament has also initiated a no-confidence debate against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government for its failure to control the violence. Since the conflict began, at least 180 people, including 21 women, have been killed, and tens of thousands have been displaced. Women in Manipur also obstruct peacekeeping operations by exploiting laws that prevent male troops from engaging in physical confrontations with women. They occupy bunkers on the frontlines while armed with rifles. One Kuki tribal woman reported being raped by three men after being taken to a group of Meira Paibis and beaten in their presence. However, the police have not provided any information about the case or made any arrests. Meira Paibis members deny any involvement in or support for acts of sexual violence. They claim that they do not differentiate between Kuki and Meitei women and that both communities are suffering. Although there have been reports of Meitei women being raped, no evidence or direct knowledge of such incidents has been found. The president of the Kuki Women Organisation for Human Rights has written to the prime minister, alleging that Meiteis are using sexual violence as a tactic of warfare against the Kukis. She claims to know of 13 cases of Kuki women being raped or murdered, including two women who were handed over to Meitei men and later gang-raped and killed. Historian and author Mukul Kesavan warns that a state where women support the public rape and murder of other women is heading towards a nightmare worse than anarchy. Security officials accuse women, particularly Meiteis, of obstructing troops and controlling entry points to their villages. The Meira Paibis have effectively weaponized this tactic, causing significant problems for the army. The Meiteis claim that they block the army because they believe it supports the Kukis. In response, Kuki women surround military personnel and push them out when they try to take over their bunkers. Some Kuki women have taken up arms against the Meiteis, feeling safer in doing so. The situation in Manipur remains tense and unresolved.

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