Pained and angry, says PM Modi on Manipur shocker

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday spoke about Manipur violence and said he is pained. As PM Modi addressed the media ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, a visibly angry PM Modi said before coming to Parliament, the temple of democracy, his heart was filled with pain and anger.

A video showing the assaults triggered massive outrage and was widely shared on social media late Wednesday despite the internet being largely blocked and journalists being locked out in the remote state. It shows two naked women surrounded by scores of young men who grope their genitals and drag them to a field.

“The guilty will not be spared. What has happened to the daughters of Manipur can never be forgiven,” Modi told reporters before a parliamentary session as he made his first public comments related to the Manipur conflict.

Without referring to the violence directly, Modi urged heads of state governments to ensure the safety of women and said the incident was “shameful for any civilized nation.”

“My heart is filled with pain and anger,” he said.

The violence depicted in the video was emblematic of the near-civil war in Manipur, where mobs rampaged through villages and torched houses, leaving more than 130 people dead since May.

Image courtesy of PIB

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