Indian Americans and other allies across major US cities are protesting the ongoing ethnic violence in Manipur, India.
The physical and sexual violence has left around 130 people dead and thousands displaced, BBC reported. The protests, which were held in California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts this week were partially in response to a viral and graphic video of two young women being publicly sexually abused in Manipur, Aljazeera states.
The violence erupted between two ethnic groups, the majority Meitei and the minority Kuki-Zo, over land rights and job quotas. The two women in the viral video are allegedly from the Kuki-Zo group, and the mob of men surrounding them are allegedly from the Meitei group. As a result, many individuals have called attention to the violence being perpetuated against the Kuku-Zo.
Many Indian Americans and allies have urged the Biden Administration to intervene and have called on India’s PM Modi to stop the violence.
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