Community pays tribute to raped and murdered Thangjam Manoram
Various civil society groups paid floral tribute to Thangjam Manorama who was allegedly raped and murdered by the Indian Army on 11th July, 2004 after forcibly taking her away from her house. Imphal, Northeast India. 11/07/2010
The Thangjam Manorama memorial charitable trust organised a memorial function for the 6th anniversary of Manorama's death in association with Apunba Lup - a militant group based in Manipur -at Bamon Kampu, Imphal, the birth place of the deceased.Various civil society groups paid floral tribute, and a music cd titled '11th July" was also released on this occasion.
On July 10th, 2004 a group belonging to 17th Assam rifles of the Indian army stormed into her house at night and forcibly took her away after beating up her old mother and her brothers.
While in custody, Manorama was alledgely raped and shot and was left on the roadside
in a place called Thonghaifam.
Other than a nation-wide protest, the incident provoked 12 old women to stage a naked protest on 15th july 2004 in front of Kangla, the historical fort of Manipur where the 17th Assam rifles of the Indian army is stationed. The 12 women shouted slogans such as: "Indian army rape us! Kill us!".
But even after 6 years, justice is still denied to the victim, and the perpetrators still roam free protected by the draconian act AFSPA 58 (Armed Forces special powers Act 1958).