‘Politicians should stand united to repeal AFSPA completely’

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Imphal: Founder president of All Manipur Womens’ Social Reformation and Development Samaj (Nupi Samaj), Th Ramani urged the politicians to stand unitedly to repeal Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act completely, ‘if they love Manipur’.

Ramani was talking to reporters during ‘41st Meira Paibi Houdokpa Numit’ held at the community hall of Kanto Sabal, Imphal West on Wednesday.

She said under the draconian Act many innocents and women have been killed and many of them are still suffering.

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“If the politicians love Manipur, they should stand unitedly against AFSPA in order to repeal it completely from the state,” she said.

The movement of Meira Paibi started during 1972-73 to protect against women violence and to fight against the anti-social drugs including alcohols. As a part of the movement Nishaband Meira Paibi was formed.

Many innocents including daily wage earners were killed and victimised by the security forces under AFSPA by blaming them as they are insurgents or related with insurgents. Incidents had occurred where the security forces raped innocent women, taking advantage of the Act.

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Powered by the Act the security forces under suspicion of insurgents assaulted many farmers at paddy fields, even students returning from schools were apprehended. Under the draconian Act security forces have been torturing the people and it has been implementing in the entire state other than seven segments of Manipur, she added.

Though people of the state had been suffering since years no political leaders of the state are fighting against the Act sincerely, Ramani said.

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Meira Paibi leaders of different parts of the state took part on the occasion.

Floral tribute was paid to the portraits of departed Meira Paibis.

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