DCW Chief Writes to Manipur DGP for Visit to State Affected by Ethnic Violence

Following the release of a video showing two women being paraded nude by members of a rival tribe, the head of the Delhi Commission for Women, Swati Maliwal, wrote to the DGP of Manipur on Friday about her intentions to visit the state, which has been ripped apart by conflict.

Maliwal had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday as well, pleading for him to take action.

She aims to visit the state on July 23 to examine the situation and submit a fact-finding report, according to a letter she sent to the Manipur DGP.

“I feel deeply hurt by these egregious human rights violations and the apparent failure of the State to protect its women and girls,” she added. “As a woman and as a citizen of this country.”

“In view of the same, I have chosen to go to the state of Manipur and speak with the victims of sexual assault there before providing the government with a fact-finding report. I want to let you know that I would be arriving in Imphal on July 23, 2023 in this respect,” she added.

In order to arrange a meeting with the two ladies in the video and a visit to the relief camps that house women and girls, she asked the senior officer for assistance.

The May 4 video, which showed two women from one of the warring groups in the state’s Kangpokpi region being paraded nude by a crowd from the opposing side, caused tension to rise in the state’s highlands.

Suo moto, the Manipur Police lodged a case of kidnapping, gang rape, and murder against unnamed persons at Nongpok Sekmai Police Station in Thoubal district the same evening.

Since then, four persons have reportedly been detained in relation to the event, according to government sources.