In a determined effort to restore peace in Manipur, the women's wing of Thawai Mirel has undertaken a relay hunger strike that entered its fifth day on Friday.
With 13 women volunteers at the forefront, the protest continued at the waiting shed in Singjamei Naorem Leikai in Imphal West.
The primary demands of the protesting women include the unification of various CSOs and the adoption of a resolute stance by the state Assembly to safeguard Manipur.
The women are advocating for valley-based CSOs to collaboratively operate under a unified banner, thus ensuring clarity of purpose and preventing confusion among the public during crucial movements.
Highlighting the urgency of the situation, the women insist that the state Assembly must take a firm resolution to protect the interests of Manipur without compromise.
Thawai Mirel women's wing convenor Sujata Thokchom expressed skepticism towards the government's claim of normalcy returning to Manipur. She questioned the notion of peace being restored when instances of frequent firing persist in the peripheral regions of the valley.
The relay hunger strike's core objective remains the restoration of lasting peace in Manipur. She emphasised that the protest will persist until the objectives are met. The state, grappling with violence for nearly four months, is in dire need of stability and tranquility, she added.
As the relay hunger strike gains momentum, the women of Thawai Mirel's women's wing remain steadfast in their pursuit of a peaceful Manipur.