Crime against humanity On Thursday, Manipur’s chief minister, N Biren Singh, called the mob’s abuse of two women from the Kuki tribe, who were stripped and sexually assaulted, a “crime against humanity.” Singh mourned the tragedy, saying that the perpetrators of such an atrocity had no right to be called human since their actions are beyond the pale of what any decent person would do.
The Chief Minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh, addresses the press.(ANI)
He said that the primary suspect had been apprehended around 1:30 a.m. yesterday. This is a heinous act that must be stopped.cannot be committed by any human being….we promptly took cognisance of the problem and made measures to identify the criminals at the earliest…,” he told the ANI. (INSTANT UPDATE)
Singh remarked, in response to statements made earlier in the day by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, “…anyone who is a human must unequivocally condemn this incident.”
Crime against humanity – Huge social media backlash
Massive public indignation was expressed on social media on Wednesday night in response to the disgusting footage of the event, which occurred two months ago. Since May 3, the northeastern state has been the epicentre of ethnic hostilities between the Kukis and the Meitei group, and its residents have demanded for strong measures to be taken against the perpetrators and for peace to be restored.
Manipur police responded on Twitter shortly after the video became viral, stating that a complaint had been lodged the previous month. Unknown armed criminals have been charged with kidnapping, gang rape, and murder, according to the police. Later, Union Minister Smriti Irani tweeted that she had discussed the incident with the Manipur Chief Minister and that an inquiry had been launched.
Since the video’s release, the Opposition parties have been persistently targeting the governing Bharatiya Janata Party, which is in power at the Centre and in many of the states. They have also asked that Prime Minister Modi address the problem and impose accountability.
Monsoon session would be dominated by Manipur scenario.
The Indian National Developmental Inclusive coalition, a coalition of 26 similar Opposition parties, has also been steadfast in its demand for a response from PM Modi on the subject during the Parliament’s monsoon session, which started today. As for the opposition’s demand for a statement, the BJP said the government was open for a dialogue on the situation in Manipur but called it a “caveat for disruption.”
Meanwhile, in his pre-session speech at the Parliament complex, PM Modi expressed anguish and outrage, calling on all chief ministers to enact stricter measures to combat Crime against humanity, particularly violence against women.
The Supreme Court has jurisdiction
The Supreme Court also expressed “deeply disturbed” about the video and requested an evaluation of the actions taken by the Centre and the State. Use of women as a weapon is “simply unacceptable,” according to a panel consisting of Chief Justice Chandrachud, Justice PS Narasimha, and Justice Manoj Misra.
On May 3rd, during a protest planned by the All Tribals Students Union (ATSU), ethnic conflicts erupted in Manipur. Kukis staged the gathering to voice their opposition to the proposal that Meiteis be recognised as a Scheduled Tribe (ST).