Finally, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the violence in Manipur for the first time ever since the violence erupted in the state. He also expressed his thoughts on the viral video of two women displayed naked on Thursday.
In his statement before of the Monsoon Session of Parliament PM Modi stated that his heart was full with anguish and wrath before coming to Parliament, the temple of democracy.
PM Modi stated that “The incident of Manipur which has come to the fore is shameful for any civilization. The country is shamed. I appeal to all chief ministers to strengthen laws to take stringent action against crime, especially against women. The incident might be from Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh or Manipur, the culprit should not go scot-free in any corner of the country.
Earlier in the day, the primary accused, who stripped Kuki women naked and displayed them, was apprehended after a video of the two-month-old crime went online, causing widespread outrage.
Meanwhile, N Biren Singh, the chief minister of Manipur, stated that an extensive investigation is ongoing and that harsh action will be taken against all criminals, including the potential of capital penalty.
In the midst of national outrage and the opposition putting pressure on PM Modi to speak out, PM Modi vowed action and expressed his heartfelt sorrow and pain.
Biren Singh took to his Twitter and penned “My hearts go out to the two women who were subjected to a deeply disrespectful and inhumane act, as shown in the distressing video that surfaced yesterday. After taking a Suo-moto cognizance of the incident immediately after the video surfaced, the Manipur Police swung to action and made the first arrest this morning.
“A thorough investigation is currently underway and we will ensure strict action is taken against all the perpetrators, including considering the possibility of capital punishment. Let it be known, there is absolutely no place for such heinous acts in our society.”
Suo moto cognizance of the viral video was taken by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, who stated that the incident is just wrong. “using women as a tool in a time of communal strife.” The most heinous constitutional violation. The videos that have surfaced have severely distressed us. “We will act if the government does not,” the CJI stated.