IMPHAL, Dec 6 (Newmai): The All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) has threatened to take up its own course of measures if the “innocent couple who are victims” of November 27 Iroisemba incident are not compensated “adequately”, and the culprits punished.
While appealing the Government, law enforcement agencies and the court of law to look into the matter seriously and award the culprits a befitting punishment for “sexual assault on a woman, blackmailing and ransom” without any delay, the ATSUM urged the former that the “innocent couple” should also be compensated adequately. “If the case is not taken to its logical conclusion with the culprits awarded exemplary punishment, the ATSUM will not be held responsible for any untoward incident escalating from such inhuman act,” the apex tribal student body warned.
Strongly condemning the Iroisemba incident, the ATSUM alleged that the “innocent couple” suffered untold atrocities at the hands of four “contemptible and conniving” youths belonging to Lamdeng Makha Leikai locality. “This inhuman and beastly action deserves to be condemned by one and all in the strongest term irrespective of locality, religious belief or community,” the ATSUM added.
The tribal student body then expressed its appreciation to the police for tracking down and arresting the culprits who had committed the reprehensible act. It also stated that the “audacity with which it was perpetrated indicated” that the incident may not be an isolated one in the area surrounding the Iroisemba forest. “The culprits claimed that they were from an underground outfit who look after ‘Laipham’ (place of god) in the forest. This is an indication of the breakdown of law and order mechanism and the failure of the state to ensure the safety of the common people, and that too in the heart of Imphal,” the ATSUM added.
The ATSUM then expressed that it is high time that all civil societies come together and fight against the increasing social menace of hatred and intolerance. “It can happen to any family irrespective of communities if these crimes are not checked in time. While addressing the issue for the benefit of all, it may be pertinent that all should work together to ensure justice for the couple,” the apex tribal student body added.