A group of individual Sunday staged a silent protest in Imphal demanding justice to the two teenage girls who were sexually assaulted by a group of seven youths including a juvenile on April 14 evening in Imphal East.
“With the increasing number of crimes perpetrated on girls and women, we have to introspect as a society and be proactively engaged to create a safe space for survivors who are otherwise unable to report their complaints due to fear of stigmatization and fear of their complaints being ignored,” said Sonia Nepram and Devakishor Soraisam in a joint statement after the protest demonstration.
Newspaper reportage have evidenced that the accused were young juveniles and it was alarming why children have become so dehumanized and utterly odious to commit such abominable sexual violence, she added.
“As concerned citizens, we feel it is time to critically look at the values and education imparted to our young minds not just in the schools and colleges but also in the families and society at large,” they said.
“We have to stop blaming the victims and help them transform into survivors above this experience they have been subjected too and while doing so include our young men to enlighten them on gender based violence and engage in healthy dialogue with them with the help of parents and educators alike,” they added.
The individuals who took part in today’s demonstration have decided to submit a memorandum to the chief minister and concerned departments to take the necessary actions and not delay the justice mechanism as the public is optimistic towards the new government, the joint statement added.
It can also be noted there that the seven accused were arrested by the police after the chairperson of Imphal East District Child Welfare Committee, Child Protection Officer and Imphal East Women Police Station jointly investigated into the case and found out the whereabouts of the culprits.