Women burn house of prime accuse in Manipur sex assault case

Women in India’s northeastern state Manipur has allegedly set the house of the main culprit on fire, who is accused of sexual assault, which has enraged the nation, state police said on Friday.

The accused allegedly paraded two tribal women naked and incited a mob to rape them, said the police.

The sexual assault took place over two months ago, on May 4, but the accused was arrested only the incident went viral on social media, triggering unrest in Manipur.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the assault and few hours post it, the accused was arrested by the state police. PM also promised strict action for their “shameful” act. Police have arrested 4 people accused of sexual assault. They have been tracing 30 other involved in the crime.

“Local women pelted stones and burnt some parts of the house belonging to the prime accused in a village,” stated Hemant Pandey, a senior police official. He added, “We request women to protest peacefully as there is intense unease. We understand their rage.”

The police complaint filed in May stated that an armed mob burned down some houses in Kangpokpi district before attacking the members of the house who belonged to the Kuki tribe. The mob, according to the complaint, then sexually assaulted two women aged 19 and 21, who were paraded naked.

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