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Two women are paraded naked in the street ‘and are gang-raped’ by a mob sparking angry protests as Modi says the attack has ’embarrassed India’

Two women were paraded naked down a street while being sexually assaulted before they were allegedly gang-raped by a mob in a field, sparking angry protests in India.

Harrowing video shows two naked women being dragged down a road in India’s northeastern state of Manipur as young men touch their genitals as the victims try to get away from their clawing hands.

The attack sparked angry protests in New Delhi today, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the brutal attack has “brought shame on India.”

The guilty will not be forgiven. What happened to the daughters of Manipur will never be forgiven,” Modi said in his first remarks on ethnic clashes in the remote state ruled by his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party.

‘My heart is full of pain and anger. The Manipur incident that has come to light is shameful for any civilized nation,” he said, urging top ministers to strengthen law enforcement.

The remote state of Manipur has been in the throes of a near-civil war since May, which has killed 130 people and seen mobs rampage through villages, killing people and burning houses.

Harrowing video shows two naked women being dragged down a road in India's northeastern state of Manipur as young men touch their genitals as the victims try to get away from their clawing hands.  Pictured: A video capture of the footage showing the crowd of men

Harrowing video shows two naked women being dragged down a road in India’s northeastern state of Manipur as young men touch their genitals as the victims try to get away from their clawing hands. Pictured: A video capture of the footage showing the crowd of men

Members of the All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) chant slogans during a protest over sexual violence against women and for peace in the ongoing ethnic violence in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur in New Delhi on Thursday.

Members of the All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) chant slogans during a protest over sexual violence against women and for peace in the ongoing ethnic violence in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur in New Delhi on Thursday.

The attack sparked angry protests in New Delhi today (pictured), with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the brutal assault has

The attack sparked angry protests in New Delhi today (pictured), with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the brutal assault has “brought shame on India”.

The guilty will not be forgiven.  What happened to the daughters of Manipur can never be forgiven,' Modi said today (pictured)

The guilty will not be forgiven. What happened to the daughters of Manipur can never be forgiven,’ Modi said today (pictured)

In the latest episode of violence, the two women paraded down the street after a mob of men ripped off their clothes and began groping their bodies. The terrified women were seen being herded into a field by the mob where they were gang-raped, according to locals.

A preliminary investigation showed the assault on the two women took place on May 4, but videos of them being dragged, groped and paraded naked by armed thugs went viral on Wednesday, police said.

The two victims were part of a family that was attacked by a mob that killed its two male members, according to a police complaint alleging rape and murder by “unknown malefactors.”

State police have made the first arrest in the case, Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh said on Twitter, without specifying the number of people arrested.

A thorough investigation is currently underway and we will ensure that strict action is taken against all perpetrators, including considering the possibility of capital punishment. As far as is known, there is absolutely no place for such heinous acts in our society,” Singh said.

Meanwhile, India’s Supreme Court has expressed concern over the assault and has asked the government to inform the court about the steps it has taken to arrest the defendants.

‘In a constitutional democracy it is unacceptable. If the government doesn’t act, we will,” said Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud.

Police detain a member of the youth wing of India's Congress party during a protest over deadly ethnic clashes in Manipur on Thursday.

Police detain a member of the youth wing of India’s Congress party during a protest over deadly ethnic clashes in Manipur on Thursday.

Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard to enforce a curfew in Imphal, the capital of India's northeastern state of Manipur, on Monday.

Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard to enforce a curfew in Imphal, the capital of India’s northeastern state of Manipur, on Monday.

The shell of a burnt-out house remains after ethnic clashes and riots in Sugnu, in India's northeastern state of Manipur, on Wednesday.

The shell of a burnt-out house remains after ethnic clashes and riots in Sugnu, in India’s northeastern state of Manipur, on Wednesday.

The two women are now safe in a refugee camp.

They are from the Kuki-Zo community, according to the Forum of Indigenous Tribal Leaders, a tribal organization in Manipur.

Ethnic violence in the state was sparked in May by an affirmative action controversy in which Christian Kukis protested the demand of the mostly Hindu Meiteis for special status that would allow them to buy land in the hills populated by Kukis and other tribal groups and get a share. of government positions.

The fighting has persisted despite the army’s presence in Manipur, a state of 3.7 million people tucked away in the mountains on India’s border with Myanmar that is now divided into two ethnic zones.

The two warring factions have also formed armed militias, and isolated villages continue to be leveled by gunfire. More than 60,000 people have fled to overcrowded relief camps.

India’s Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani called the attack on the two women “reprehensible and frankly inhumane.” She said Thursday that investigations were underway and “no effort will be spared to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

However, the chairman of India’s main opposition Congress party, Mallikarjun Kharge, accused the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party of “turning democracy and the rule of law into a mobocracy.”

Kharge said Modi should speak on Manipur in Parliament, a demand other opposition parties and rights activists have made.

“India will never forgive your silence,” he wrote on Twitter.

Last week the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the Indian authorities to take action to stop the violence in Manipur and protect religious minorities, especially Christians. India’s Foreign Ministry condemned the resolution, describing it as “interference” in its internal affairs.

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