March 6, 2009

Women protest against 'rape' in Northeast India

Naked women protestors shout slogans against the alleged rape, torture and murder of 32-year-old Thangjam Manorama Devi by paramilitary soldiers in Imphal, capital of northeastern Indian state of Manipur, Thursday, July 15, 2004. In a highly unusual protest, some 40 women stripped naked and staged an angry demonstration outside the Assam Rifles base to protest the death in custody of 32-year old Manorama.

The death triggered a violent campaign against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act act, (AFSPA) forcing the Manmohan Singh government to constitute the Justice B.P. Jeevan Reddy Commission, which recommended repeal of the act as did the Administrative Reforms Commission. But the government is yet to act on them.

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