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Archive for August 23rd, 2009

Manipur, once more

Posted by Admin on August 23, 2009


KALPANA SHARMA

While the rest of India celebrated 62 years of independence, the women were out on the streets of Manipur, yet again, to protest the latest State atrocities.

It is imperative that we are at least educated about what is happening in a State like Manipur…The first step towards engagement is information.


Photo: Sandeep Saxena


An ongoing struggle: Women staging a protest in Delhi.

While the rest of India celebrated its 62nd year as an independent country, in its northeast corner there was little to celebrate. On July 23, “an ordinary day” in the Manipur capital, Imphal — if indeed there is such a thing as an “ordinary day” — Rabina Devi, a pregnant woman, was going to the market when she was shot dead as the police chased a young man. At the same time, a “suspected militant” was pushed into a pharmacy and shot. The police claimed he had shot at them. But the fake “encounter” killing was captured by a photographer (who is petrified of being discovered) and leaked to the magazine Tehelka. The 12 pictures are a damning indictment as they clearly show an unarmed Chongkham Sanjit being pushed into the pharmacy and then being brought out dead and loaded onto a truck. All this happened in a crowded market place in broad daylight (at 10.30 a.m.).

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