A horrifying video that recently surfaced on social media, depicting two women being paraded naked in Churachandpur district of Manipur, has led to a widespread outrage across the nation. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, and several other leaders have condemned the inhumane act. The incident, currently under investigation by the Manipur government, has triggered an urgent call for improved safety and respect for women in the country.
The video, which purportedly shows a group of men dragging the two stripped women while shouting obscenities, has raised serious concerns about escalating violence against women in India. The faces of the victims, whose identities have not been disclosed, are covered in the video. One person associated with the case has been arrested so far, but the timeline of the incident remains unclear. The video has spurred a wave of condemnation, both in Manipur and across India, with citizens demanding justice for the victims. A number of high-profile cases involving rape and murder of women in recent years have underscored a rising trend of violence against women, a grave issue that needs to be urgently addressed by the government and law enforcement agencies.
A comprehensive, systemic response is required to counter the increasing gender violence. Law enforcement agencies, including the police, must exhibit a more proactive role in investigating such cases, ensuring swift justice. Perpetrators of such acts must face the full force of the law. As the authorities strive to bolster the legal and security frameworks, it remains equally critical for every citizen to contribute towards creating a safe, respectful environment for women. This includes speaking out against gender violence, supporting the victims, and championing organizations that work towards safeguarding women’s rights.
For those who seek to learn more about violence against women or wish to lend their support, resources are available: The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) offers a platform for victims and survivors to seek help. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE provides resources and support to individuals affected by sexual violence. Online assistance is also available at RAINN’s website: https://www.rainn.org. Together, we can work towards a safer, more respectful society where such disturbing incidents are relegated to the annals of history.