The mothers of manipur

Twelve women who made history

01 May 2016

Teresa Rehman

On 15 July 2004, in Manipur, 12 women protested the rape and murder of a woman by soldiers of the Indian Army. Standing in front of the headquarters of the Assam Rifles, they stripped themselves and held banners aloft that read “Indian Army Rape Us” and “Take Our Flesh.” In this book, the journalist Teresa Rehman profiles the 12 women: how they decided to stage the protest, how they carried it out, and how their lives changed after. Through these stories, Rehman explores the larger history of state violence in Manipur under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

Zubaan, 180 pages, Rs 495