Imphal: “Today, as I stand among you in the temple of democracy, my heart is filled with sorrow and anger over the incident in Manipur. This incident is a shameful act for any civilized society. The perpetrators of this sin, the wrongdoers, whoever they are, the entire nation is feeling ashamed,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said ahead of the Monsoon Session of the Parliament, on Thursday.
“140 crore citizens are feeling embarrassed. I appeal to all Chief Ministers to strengthen law and order in their states, especially taking stringent steps to ensure the safety and protection of our mothers and sisters.”
This was the first Prime Minister’s remark on Manipur ethnic violence ever since it broke out in the state on May 3.
Whether the incident happens in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, or Manipur, in any corner of India, in any state government, rising above political disputes and maintaining the significance of the rule of law and the respect for women is crucial, Modi said.
“I want to assure the citizens of this country that no wrongdoer will be spared. Every step will be taken to ensure law forcefully with all its might. What has happened to the daughters of Manipur can never be forgiven.”
The Prime Minister was reacting on a two-month-old video of two women being paraded naked in Manipur that surfaced on social media on Wednesday. The incident happened on May 4 in Kangpokpi district, a day after violence broke out in the state.
The main accused who was seen in a May 4 video was apprehended. The accused, identified as Heradas, 32, was arrested from Thoubal district with the help of the video.
Chief minister N. Biren Singh said the accused was arrested on Wednesday night.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has asked Biren Singh to take all possible steps to nab all those involved in the incident.