Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP is facing a no-confidence vote in Parliament in a bid by opposition parties to force Modi to address the escalating violence in the northeastern state of Manipur. Modi is not at risk of losing the vote, as the BJP and allies hold a clear majority, but anger has been mounting over the Hindu nationalist leader’s inaction as more than 130 people have been killed and 60,000 displaced since ethnic violence between the majority Meitei and minority Kuki communities broke out in May. Last week, a video of two Kuki women being paraded naked and assaulted by a mob triggered widespread outrage and protests.
Protester: “It’s an attack against all vulnerable women of this country. India is supposed to be the fraternity. India is supposed to be the plurality. India is supposed to be the more vibrant in acceptance in its culture and tradition. The whole world, women have bowed their heads and condemning this. This is highly unacceptable.”