Manipur police makes sixth arrest in sexual assault case

Police had made the first arrest on July 20, a day after a 26-second video of the horrific incident in Manipur surfaced. Three more arrests were made later that day

Updated - July 23, 2023 04:33 pm IST

Published - July 23, 2023 11:36 am IST - Imphal

Women’s wing of the Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF) stage a protest near the ‘Wall of Remembrance’ erected to honor lives lost during the ongoing ethnic violence in the State, in Churachandpur, on July 22, 2023.

Women’s wing of the Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF) stage a protest near the ‘Wall of Remembrance’ erected to honor lives lost during the ongoing ethnic violence in the State, in Churachandpur, on July 22, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI

Manipur Police has arrested a sixth person in connection with the May 4 parading of two women naked in Kangpokpi district of the State, officials said on July 22.

Police said the arrested person is a juvenile.

Police had made the first arrest on Thursday, a day after a 26-second video of the horrific incident surfaced on July 19. Three more arrests were made later that day.

The fifth accused, a 19-year-old youth, was arrested on Saturday.

One of the women seen in the video is the wife of an ex-army man, who served as a subedar in the Assam Regiment and had even fought in the Kargil War.

More than 160 people have lost their lives, and several have been injured since ethnic violence broke out in the State on May 3, when a 'Tribal Solidarity March' was organised in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

Meiteis account for about 53% of Manipur's population and live mostly in the Imphal Valley, while tribals, which include Nagas and Kukis, constitute 40% and reside mostly in the hill districts.

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