Maliwal expressed her concern about the lack of support from the Manipur government.
According to Maliwal, neither the chief minister, any cabinet minister, nor any senior officer from the state bothered to meet the DCW members, leaving the survivors and their families without the much-needed assistance.
During her visit to Churachandpur, Moirang, and Imphal districts, Maliwal interacted with the survivors of the violence and visited relief camps. However, the Manipur government allegedly did not provide any support for her travel or the meeting with the survivors.
The survivors, who are deeply traumatized by the horrific events they experienced, have yet to receive any counselling or compensation from the state government. The mother of the woman who was gang-raped also tragically lost her husband and son while trying to protect her daughter from the sexual assault. Moreover, the husband of the other survivor, who had valiantly served in the Kargil war, is also grappling with the aftermath of the assault on his wife.
The DCW’s efforts to support the survivors and raise awareness about their plight highlight the urgent need for proper assistance, counselling, and compensation to help them cope with their trauma and rebuild their lives.
“The survivors are yet to get any counselling, legal aid, or compensation from the government so far. They were angry that no action has been taken against any police officer in their case,” the panel alleged.
Maliwal also interacted with other women in the state affected by violence.
At the Churachandpur relief camp, she met a 70-year-old woman hailing from Langchink village whose only son was killed in the violence.
Maliwal also met a 34-year-old woman who had just delivered a girl in Imphal when a mob surrounded her. Her husband and brother-in-law were killed and she somehow managed to escape with the baby.
In Imphal, several women affected with violence approached Maliwal.
Talking about her visit, the DCW chief alleged she did not receive any support from the government to enter Manipur and went there at great personal risk.
“The viral video shook me to the core and I wanted to meet the survivors at all cost. I was informed by locals that it is very difficult to travel Churachandpur to meet the families of the survivors. Yet I decided to go there without any security amidst heavy firing. Somehow, I managed to meet them,” she said.
The survivors of the violence went through the worst hell imaginable and it is deeply distressing to know that neither the chief minister nor any government functionary has meet them, she alleged.
“The violence in Manipur is extremely troubling and everywhere I am going, there are horror stories which are mind-numbing. People have lost their homes and loved ones and the government has completely failed in protecting them. I think that the Centre should urgently seek the resignation of the Manipur chief minister,” she said.
She reiterated her demand that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should visit Manipur along with Home Minister Amit Shah and WCD Minister Smriti Irani urgently.
(With inputs from PTI)