The women’s wing of the Coordinating Committee of Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) on Friday appealed to the chairperson of the National Commission for Women, India (NCWI) to intervene in the investigation on the alleged gang-rape of a Meitei woman in Churachandpur district.
The Commission was also urged to get involved in the probe against the atrocities allegedly perpetrated by the Central forces on the Meira Paibis of Manipur where 90 women Meira Paibis were left injured.
The convenor of the committee’s women wing Y Leirik Leima told the media at its Lamphelpat office, Imphal West that women are the worst sufferers and the target of many atrocities in any conflict.
Since the violence erupted in Manipur, over 200 people have lost their lives till date, she said. During the present turmoil in Manipur, many incidents of atrocities against women and children have been recorded, she added.
Such atrocities were carried out on August 3 at Phougakchao Ikhai, Bishnupur district where around 90 women (Meira Paibies) of Manipur were left injured, she said.
Continuing her note, Leirik said that on that day hundreds of Meira Paibies were democratically protesting against the attempt of the so-called Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF) to conduct mass burial of bodies of Kukis at Torbung Bangla, which is a disputed site.
Around 12 noon the same day, a scuffle took place between Meira Paibies and the Central forces. She alleged that the AR jawans assaulted the protesters, physically assaulted them and used chemical sprays on the protesters, she added.
During the incident, as many as 90 meira paibis suffered from injuries and were admitted to the local hospitals. She added that COCOMI strongly condemned the atrocity allegedly perpetrated by the male jawans of 9th AR towards innocent women meira paibis on that day.
Meanwhile, the women wing of the committee highly condemned the gangrape of one Meitei woman from Khumujamba Meitei Leikai on May 3 by alleged Kuki militants which has been published in various media.
She appealed to the chairman of National Commission for Women, India to intervene in the investigation into the alleged gangrape case as well as the alleged atrocities committed by the jawans of the 9th Assam Rifles towards the women Meira Paibis of Manipur.
The women wing of the committee made the appeal in a written application which was enclosed by the list of the 90 women who suffered injuries and admitted to local hospitals and an FIR copy of the rape case.