Imphal: The Manipur government on Wednesday paid floral tributes to the intrepid women crusaders who had revolted against the British rule in 1939, officials said.
The women had raised their voice against unpaid forced labour and free export of the Manipuri rice which left the people on the verge of starvation. They were also vocal about other oppression. On December 12, 1939, they had protested against some British officers in the Imphal Telegraph office. In retaliation, the Assam Rifles troopers bayoneted several women. Since the women could not be dispersed, the British government banned rice export.
Speaking at the event, Manipur Chief Minster N. Biren Singh stated: “Manipuri women are actively associated with the panchayat level elections and works. Men should also encourage them to take active part in the law making bodies.” Underlining that the women of his state are not lagging behind their male counterparts, the Chief Minister said there are 3 women secretaries, 5 district collectors, 9 Superintendents of Police, 10 Additional SPs and commanding officers of paramilitary forces. (IANS)