Indian women set fire to house of suspect as Manipur sex assault case triggers outrage

Indian women set fire to house of suspect as Manipur sex assault case triggers outrage

Women in Manipur, a northeastern state in India, have attacked the house of the main suspect in a sexual assault case, according to state police. The suspect is accused of dragging two tribal women onto the streets in May and inciting a mob to rape and parade them naked. The incident, which occurred two months ago, gained national attention after a video went viral on social media, leading to unrest in Manipur. The main suspect, a resident of Manipur, was arrested on Thursday following condemnation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Three others have also been arrested, and police are searching for at least 30 more individuals involved in the crime.

In response to the incident, local women pelted stones and set fire to parts of the accused’s house in a village. A senior police official in the state capital Imphal urged women to protest peacefully, acknowledging their anger. The police complaint filed in May stated that an armed mob vandalized and burned houses in a village in Kangpokpi district before attacking members of the Kuki tribe. The mob then sexually assaulted two women, aged 21 and 19, who were paraded naked.

The assault was reported by the victims in May during a period of intense ethnic clashes in the state. The clashes were sparked by a court order regarding the extension of special benefits to the majority Meitei population, which led to violence resulting in 125 deaths and the displacement of over 40,000 people. Rights groups planned protests across India, demanding justice and swift investigations into the incident, which raises concerns about the safety of women in the country.

Protesters in various cities, including New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Bhubaneswar, expressed their outrage and questioned the authorities’ failure to take immediate action and investigate the case. They held banners and signs advocating for women’s rights and condemning the injustice and neglect faced by the victims. The demonstrations also took place on college campuses.

Prime Minister Modi, who had not previously commented on the situation in Manipur, spoke out after the videos of the assault went viral. Additional reporting on the incident was done by journalists in Bengaluru and Bhubaneswar. The article concludes with a statement about Thomson RushHourDaily’ trust principles.

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