Aizawl: As horrifying footage of two Vaiphei women paraded naked that emerged from violence-torn Manipur sent shockwaves across the nation, Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga, along national leaders, took to Twitter to express his shock.
Alluding demand for ‘President’s Rule’ in Manipur, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Thursday said that the problem in the neighbouring state can really be solved by the central government.
Making this statement in his twitter account, Zoramthanga said, “SILENCE is not an OPTION.”
Brutal violence in Manipur not only affected the neighbouring state but even the whole country. Situations seem to have worsened, he said.
“I was really shocked and shaken to see the video that goes viral. The shocking video of the sexual assault of our two Vaiphei women in Manipur is brutal, merciless, heinous, despicable and complete inhuman! The whole region needs a permanent solution for the great problem Manipur is having which can really be solved only by the Central Government,” he twitted.
“I re-quote – ‘Many lives have been lost, bloodshed all over, physical torture & the victims are looking for refuge wherever possible. With no iota of doubt, those victims are my kith and kin, my own blood and should we quieten the situation by just being silent? I don’t think so!’” he added.
Calling for immediate restoration of peace and normalcy, the Chief Minister said that it is incumbent and imperative upon the Manipur government and the central government to look for immediate ways for peace restoration.
He urges Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate action and ensure that the perpetrators face the full force of justice.
The video has sparked an outcry among Mizoram’s populace, as demands for justice for the Kuki-Mizo tribal kindred brothers and sisters in Manipur grow louder.
An estimated 12,000 Kuki-Zo tribals, displaced by the violence in Manipur, are taking shelter in Mizoram.
Mizoram Minister of State for Sports, Youth Affairs and Tourism Robert Romawia Royte also vehemently condemned the incident and urged Modi and Biren Singh to take a decisive action without delay.
“Extremely distressed while coming across the viral video of our two Kuki sisters being forced to endure sorrowful treatments at the hands of the mob in Manipur. Such barbaric and inhuman acts should never have transpired,” he said in a Twitter post.
Meanwhile, the Working Group for Naga Rights in Manipur said it was “appalled by the unspeakable evil of the unhinged Meitei mob in which two helpless Vaiphei women of the Kuki-Zo ethnicity were unclothed, paraded, groped, and ultimately gang-raped on 4th May 2023.”
“The beastly crime committed against the innocent residents of B Phainom village in Kangpokpi district has taken more than two months to surface to public knowledge, but the visceral hatred of the mob that reeks in its perpetration is as new, immediate, and stomach-turning as the tragic murder of the Maring Naga lady a few days ago,” the organisation said in a statement.
It further said, “The unimaginable act has shattered our souls, and has left us wondering about the moral moorings of a community that permits such unthinkable act to be perpetrated in broad daylight.”
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma also condemned the Manipur incident.
“Extremely disturbed by the recent incident in Manipur. Stripping any human of their dignity is the most demeaning and inhumane act. I strongly condemn such actions. Guilty should be given the harshest punishment,” Sangma tweeted.
Condemnations came from different groups in Mizoram, including the Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (MHIP) and the Association of Theologically Trained Women of India (ATTWI)- Mizoram Branch also issued a statement condemning the heinous crime.
“We are is horrified by the inhuman and atrocious acts committed against the helpless Vaiphei women of the Kuki-Zo tribal community on May 4, 2023 by the blood thirsty and unruly mob belonging to Meitei community,” the statement said.
ATTWI-Mizoram Branch urges the State authority to deliver justice to our Vaiphei sisters and to all those who are innocent victims of the ethnic/communal conflict in Manipur.
The MHIP expressed deep shock and dismay at the barbaric acts inflicted upon women of the Zo ethnic tribes by a Meitei mob. In response to this disturbing situation, the MHIP took proactive measures by sending a formal communication to the Union Minister, the Ministry of Women and Child Development, and the National Human Rights Commission. The message urged these authorities to promptly address the heinous crimes and ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable for their actions.