Manipur Sexual Assault Case:
On July 20, Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally broke his silence on the disturbing situation in Manipur, where a video showing the stripping and parading of two women had gone viral. Expressing his “anguish and anger,” he vowed that the guilty parties would face severe consequences, with the law acting with its “full might.” The incident, which has led to violent sectarian clashes since May, has been widely condemned across the nation.
During the commencement of the Monsoon Session of Parliament in New Delhi, opposition parties, particularly the INDIA grouping, had already demanded a statement from Prime Minister Modi on the situation in Manipur. Responding to their concerns, he acknowledged that the incident in Manipur was a matter of shame for any civilized society and emphasized that those responsible for this heinous crime would not be spared.
Standing before the Parliament, Prime Minister Modi stated, “My heart is filled with anger and anguish. The incident in Manipur is a matter of shame to any civilized society. Those who have committed this crime will be punished, but this incident has made 140 crore Indians hang their heads in shame.” He was joined by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi, his junior Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, and Minister of State for the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh.
Prime Minister Modi’s call for strengthening law enforcement to protect women received emphasis as he appealed to all Chief Ministers, including those from Rajasthan and Chattisgarh, to prioritize law and order and ensure the safety and honor of women. He left no doubt that those responsible for such violence against Manipuri daughters would face the full force of the law and would not be forgiven for their actions.
The video of the incident sparked outrage across party lines, leading many opposition MPs in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to demand accountability from the central government regarding the situation in Manipur. Prime Minister Modi’s remarks during this session, which was probably his first addressing the situation in Manipur, underscored the gravity of the issue.
The Manipur Chief Minister, N Biren Singh, who had managed to avoid dismissal until now, may now face increased pressure in light of the situation. The incident has ignited a nationwide call for justice and a stern approach to combating crimes against women.
As the nation seeks justice for the victims and a safer environment for women, Prime Minister Modi’s assurance of stringent punishment for the guilty offers a glimmer of hope in the pursuit of justice and security for all citizens. The incident in Manipur serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for prioritizing women’s safety and upholding the dignity of every individual in society.