Imphal, Sept 28,
Women Action for Development (WAD) has expressed shocked and condemned the attack of Manipur University (MU) by the huge numbers of Indian Security Forces on the intervening night of 20th and 21st September, 2018 without giving any prior information.
It further added that Heavy militarization in the educational campus affects to the minds of the girls making them insecure, fear psychosis, trauma and depression if any untoward incident may occur as it experienced in Manipur frequently. The incident reminds us how Thangjam Manorama was tortured, gang rape and killed brutally by 17 Assam Rifles in the year 2004. The people of Manipur women in particular for the last many decades, struggling for the protection of human rights under the draconian Law “Armed Forces Special Power Act 1958. However, justice is far behind. This is crime against humanity, War crime, a step which is contributing to genocide as in the name of counter terrorism many of our young minds, intellectuals, women have been tortured and killed, raped, rape and murder, increased the number of widow and orphan since 1980s.
“As a women organization working for the cause of women and children for the rights and justice, we take it very serious and concerned about the incident. We cannot be silent as mere spectators or an outsider who never feel about the state”, Sobita Mangsatabam added.
WAD appealed to the Governor, Chief Minister and Council of Ministers of Manipur to immediately Remove the Security forces from MU campus and also to ensure and restore normalcy at MU besides saving and protecting the future generation.
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.