Mumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar on Thursday morning reacted to a viral video in which two women are allegedly being sexually assaulted on a street in Manipur. Akshay wrote on Twitter, “Shocked, disheartened to see the video of violence against women in Manipur. I hope that the culprits get such a severe punishment that no one thinks of doing such a horrific act again.
A video has gone viral in which two women are allegedly being sexually assaulted on the road in Manipur. In the first official reaction to the purported video, Superintendent of Police (SP) K Meghchandra Singh issued a press note. The press note states, “In connection with the video of 2 women being paraded naked by unknown armed miscreants on 4th May 2023, a case of kidnapping, gangrape and murder was registered against unknown armed miscreants at Nongpok Sekmai Police Station (Thoubal District). Investigation has been initiated.” And the state police is making all out efforts to arrest the culprits at the earliest.
Shocked, disgusted to see video of violence against women in Manipur. I hope that the culprits will be punished so severely that no one would think of doing such a heinous act again. – Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) 20 July 2023
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The press note details the ongoing search operations by the state police and central forces in various sensitive areas in both the valley and hill districts of the state. In one such operation, 2 weapons and 2 magazines were recovered by District Police, Imphal East.
According to sources, the government has issued an order to Twitter and other social media platforms directing them not to share the viral video of two Manipuri women being paraded naked. It is mandatory for the social media platform to comply with Indian laws as the matter is still under investigation.
Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare Smriti Irani also reacted to the purported video after speaking to the Chief Minister of the state. Smriti Irani posted on Twitter, ‘The horrific video of sexual harassment of 2 women from Manipur is condemnable and downright inhuman. Spoke to CM N Biren Singh ji who has informed me that the investigation is still underway and has assured that no effort will be spared to bring the culprits to justice.
However, the purported viral video has created a political storm ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has raised questions on the central government in his tweet, claiming that the silence of the Prime Minister has pushed the state towards anarchy. “The silence and inaction of the Prime Minister has pushed Manipur towards anarchy. India will not remain silent when the idea of India is being attacked in Manipur. We stand with the people of Manipur. Peace is the only way forward,” tweeted the Congress leader.