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US deeply concerned by ‘terrible’ India sexual assault case

Manipur assault case

WASHINGTON: The United States said it was deeply concerned by reports of viral videos of two women being sexual assault in India’s northeastern state of Manipur, a case that enraged the country.

The assault, in which a mob allegedly raped and paraded the naked women, took place over two months ago, but it captured national and global attention as the video went viral on social media in the past week. 

A U State Department spokesperson called the incident “brutal” and “terrible” and said the United States conveyed its sympathies to the victims.

The assault was reported by the victims aged 21 and 19 in May during intense ethnic clashes between the tribal Kuki community and majority ethnic Meitei over potential changes to economic benefits given to the Kuki.

The trouble was quelled after New Delhi rushed thousands of paramilitary and army troops to the state of 3.2 million people. But sporadic violence and killings resumed soon afterwards and the state has remained tense since.

At least 125 people have been killed and more than 40,000 have fled their homes since the violence erupted in Manipur.

The United States encouraged a peaceful and inclusive resolution to the Manipur violence and urged authorities to respond to humanitarian needs while protecting all groups, homes and places of worship, the State Department spokesperson said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the assault as “shameful” and promised tough action. Police have made some arrests while enrage group of women burnt the house of the suspects. 

READ MORE: Indian women set fire to house of suspect in Manipur sexual assault case

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