In the wake of the fateful incident that happened on April 14 where six young men including juveniles gangraped two minor girls at Imphal East District, a group of individuals staged a silent demonstration at Keisampat Junction on Sunday.
Around a hundred people gathered and addressed their infuriation against the heinous crime perpetrated against the minors.
The people, who came out on the streets, expressed their resentment on the untoward blaming of the victims ignoring the trauma the minors are going through and requested the media fraternity to be sensitive while reporting similar cases. "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 stigmatisation and fear of their complaints being ignored. Newspaper reportage have evidenced that the accused are young juveniles and it is alarming why our children have become so dehumanized and utterly odious to commit such abominable sexual violence. As concerned citizens, we feel it is time to critically look at the values a d education imparted to our young minds not just in the schools and colleges but also in the families and society at large. 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. We are submitting a memorandum to the chief minister and the concerned departments to take the necessary actions and not delay the justice mechanism as the public is optimistic towards the new government," a statement released by the protesters said.