WATCH | Help Us: Meitei students cry for justice as Manipur burns

As violence rages on in their home state for nearly two months, Manipuri students in Delhi find themselves trapped

| Updated: 26 June, 2023 11:52 pm IST

As violence rages on in their home state for nearly two months, Manipuri students studying in various colleges in Delhi find themselves trapped, their dreams shattered, and their finances depleted.

The homes of many of these students have either been reduced to ashes or vandalized by rioters with their family members now living in government shelter homes, waiting for the return of normalcy – which keeps evading the northeastern state.

Two of such students The New Indian interacted with said that they were planning their annual visit to their hometown after their examinations concluded but the ethnic clashes that broke early May have left them worried for the safety of their families.

21-year-old Thokchom Thoibi Devi and Moirangthem Merima Devi (20) currently reside in a hostel as a paying guest in the Maurice Nagar area of student hotspot of North Campus.
Thoibi revealed that while she could speak to her parents over the phone, the suspension of internet services for the past two months has deprived her of a chance to see their faces over video call. To add to her misery, funds have dried up, leaving her unable to pay her hostel fees.

“My final exams have already concluded. We were hopeful of returning to our hometowns, but then the riots erupted. On the night of May 3 and 4, my village was brutally attacked. Attackers beat people and set homes on fire. Throughout the night, no help arrived from the government,” she told The New Indian.

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