July 25, 2023 || Tongsan Media Group ||
Demonstrations were held across the state of Mizoram today to express their solidarity with the Kuki-Zomi hill minority who are suffering due to communal riots in Manipur state. The rally was organized by the NGO Co-ordination Committee, which is composed of 5 powerful civil society organizations in Mizoram, such as Central Young Mizo Association (CYMA), Mizo Upa Pawl (MUP), Mizo Hmeichhia Insuihkhawm Pawl (MHIP), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Mizo Student Union (MSU). The people of Mizo raised the rally.
Central Young Mizo Association (CYMA) president R. Lalngheta, who led today’s rally, said, “The suffering of our brothers in Manipur state is very shocking and the hearts of all Mizo people feel pain. The government of Manipur cannot protect the safety of their brothers. Their houses, Churches were burnt and killed. We can’t understand how we can’t accept women being raped and killed naked,” he said.
“The Mizo people cannot help but watch the events happening in Manipur.” I strongly request the Indian government to deal with this problem as soon as possible,” said R. Lalngheta. Today’s walk rally in Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram, started from 11 am in two groups from Chanmari Junction and Kulikawn and met near the north gate of Mizoram Governor’s residence (RAJ BHAVAN) and ended with speeches.
In today’s rally, the Chief Minister of Mizoram Pu Zoramthanga, Ministers, including the Speaker of the Parliament, Members of Parliament More than 100,000 people, including political parties, participated. The Meitei people, who are the majority in the state of Manipur, have been demanding for a long time to be included in the Indian constitution for the minority hill people (Scheduled Tribe).
As a protest against this request, on May 3rd, after the Chin-Kuki hill tribe people held a solidarity march “Solidarity March” in the city of Churachanpur, Manipur state, conflicts started between the Ket people and the Kuki – Zomi hill tribe people. During the riots, more than 250 Christian temples were burned and more than 130 people were killed, according to the Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF). In addition, in recent days, a shocking video of two women, Kuki and Zomi, being arrested and taken away naked by a gang of kate has spread on social media.
According to Indian media reports, this incident took place in B Phainom village, Kangpokpi district, Manipur state on May 4, when the riots started in Manipur state. It is known that these women were gang-raped. In the video, it is seen that the Meitei abducted 2 naked Kuki-Zomi women and took them outside to the field. A case was opened at the Manipur State Police, but no action was taken until more than 2 months later. Now, the world has come to know about the shocking and ugly tragedy after the video appeared on the social media page.
Translated: Tongsan Admin Team