Harbhajan Singh, a former cricketer for India and a member of the Rajya Sabha, has called for “capital punishment” for all those responsible for the horrific act of parading two Manipuri women naked and reportedly gang-raping them. Tension rose in the Manipur hills following the release of a video on May 4 showing two women from one of the fighting factions being paraded naked by a few men from the opposing side, officials said here on Wednesday. Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has come forward and shown disappointment in the incident that took place in Manipur. Scroll down to read what the Indian cricket spinner has to say about Manipur Gang Rape Case.
Harbhajan Singh On Manipur Gang Rape Case
Speaking about the event, Harbhajan tweeted, “To say that I’m outraged would be an understatement. I’m so furious that I’m numb. Because of what happened in Manipur, I feel ashamed right now. We should stop referring to ourselves as humans if the perpetrators of this heinous murder are not brought to justice and executed. The fact that this has occurred sickens me. Enough is enough. GOVT. MUST ACT.”
As not many athletes have yet commented on the incident, Harbhajan is among the first to respond from the sporting community.
A case of kidnapping, gang rape, and murder against unidentified armed men has reportedly been registered at Nongpok Sekmai police station in Thoubal district, according to Manipur police. Every effort is being made to catch the culprits as soon as possible. More than 150 people have been killed and several others have been hurt as a result of ethnic violence in Manipur since May 3, when a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was staged in the hill regions to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) designation.
The Meiteis make up around 53% of Manipur’s population and are primarily concentrated in the Imphal Valley. The tribal population includes the Nagas and Kukis. This makes up 40% and is mainly concentrated in the hill areas.
About Harbhajan Singh
In addition to being one of the greatest Indian bowlers of all time, Harbhajan is a Punjabi member of the Rajya Sabha. The Indian teams that won the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 World Cup, and the squad that reached the top of the Test rankings for the first time in 2009 all included Harbhajan.
Between 1998 and 2016, or over two decades, Harbhajan played in 367 international games and claimed a total of 711 wickets. He is one of four Indians with more than 400 wickets in Test cricket, the others being Anil Kumble, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Kapil Dev. The fourth-highest wicket total for India in Test cricket is held by Harbhajan, who also ranks fifth in ODIs with 265 wickets.