Countrywide Protest Against Sexual Assault on Kuki Women in Manipur

Protests and sit-ins were organised across the country on July 21 by CPIML, AIPWA, AISA and various progressive organisations and citizens groups against the violence in Manipur and criminal silence of the Modi-Biren double engine government. Condemning the acts of sexual violence against women and impunity provided to perpetrators by the government, the protesters demanded resignation Home Minister Amit Shah and Manipur CM N Biren Singh.

It’s been more than two months since ethnic violence, stoked by BJPs divisive policies began in Manipur. Despite numerous reports of mass crimes, killings and rapes/ gang rapes, both the state and central government criminally ignored the calls for justice. From gangrapes and sexual violence to burning people's homes, the last 80 days have seen unspeakable acts in Manipur aided and instigated by the BJP government and RSS machinery.

Com. Dipankar Bhattacharya, GS, CPIML Liberation, speaking at the protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar said that what is happening in Manipur is what we saw in Kashmir. It is the nefarious agenda of the BJP government to communally divide the people and the nation. Women, Dalits, Adivasis, Minorities and all sections of the society are under the fascist attack.

"The incidents in Manipur are symptomatic of the complete apathy and the capacity to manufacture violence of the RSS-BJP regime. The people of the country are realising it every day and challenging it every day," added Com. Dipankar.

AISA Delhi State Secretary, Com. Neha spoke calling upon the government to ensure peace in Manipur, saying, "N Biren Singh and his party have not only failed, but instigated the violence happening. The fact that two Kuki women had to go through this trauma publicly for the Prime Minister to speak up is shameful for the country."

Protest demonstrations were also held in West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Karbi Anglong, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand among other states. People from all over the country are calling upon the government to act steadfastly and ensure peace and justice in Manipur.

Countrywide Protest Against Sexual Assault