In a disturbing incident that shocked the nation, a viral video surfaced on social media in Manipur, depicting the horrifying scene of two women being paraded naked by a mob of Meitei men. The video’s circulation sparked outrage across the country and caught the attention of the Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India, prompting swift action to bring the culprits to justice. This article delves into the details of the investigation, the involvement of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and the steps taken by the central government to address the escalating violence in Manipur.
The Viral Video and Its Aftermath
The video, which emerged just days before the Parliament session, sent shockwaves throughout the nation, and its content sparked anger and concern for the safety and dignity of women. The Manipur police acted swiftly and registered a case against unidentified armed individuals under serious charges, including abduction, gang rape, and murder at Nongpol Sekmai police station in Thoubal district on May 18.
CBI Takes Over the Case
Recognizing the gravity of the situation and the need for a thorough and unbiased investigation, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) stepped in and assumed responsibility for the case by taking over the FIR filed by the Manipur Police. The CBI, known for its expertise in handling complex and sensitive cases, deployed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) in Manipur, led by a DIG-rank officer. This move aimed to ensure a comprehensive probe into the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Extending the CBI’s Involvement
With violence escalating in Manipur, the central government authorized the CBI to handle six other cases of violence in the northeastern state. Furthermore, additional women officers and forensic experts are expected to join the investigative team soon. This reinforcement emphasizes the commitment to delivering justice and establishing the truth behind the incidents of violence and atrocities.
The Call for a CBI Probe
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh expressed his deep concern and anguish over the sexual assault case and appealed for a CBI investigation on July 26. Responding to this plea, Union Home Minister Amit Shah approved the request on July 27, granting the CBI jurisdiction to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the matter.
The Supreme Court’s Involvement
In an effort to ensure a fair trial and expedite the legal process, the central government approached the Supreme Court, urging the transfer of the Manipur violence case outside of Manipur. Additionally, they requested the top court to ensure the completion of the trial, covering all aspects of violence in Manipur, including the gang-rape case, within six months.
The Background of Ethnic Violence in Manipur
The recent surge in violence can be traced back to May 3 when a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ took place in the hill districts of Manipur. The march aimed to protest against the demand of the majority Meitei community for Scheduled Tribe status. Unfortunately, the situation escalated, leading to clashes resulting in the loss of lives and injuries to several hundred people.
Impact on the Parliament Session
The release of the video just ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament ignited heated debates and discussions in the house. The opposition vehemently demanded a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the incident and the government’s response to combat such heinous crimes.
The investigation into the viral video of two women being paraded naked in Manipur has attracted national attention and triggered calls for justice. The intervention of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) brings hope for a transparent and impartial investigation. The central government’s efforts to expedite the trial and address the larger issue of violence in Manipur indicate a determination to deliver justice to the victims and their families.