Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal alleged on Saturday that she was denied permission by the Manipur government to visit the violence hit state and that she was being prevented from speaking to survivors of sexual assault in the video of Kuki women paraded naked by a mob in Kangpokpi district on May 4. “After telling me I can come to Manipur, 𝗚𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗻 𝗮 𝗨 𝗧𝘂𝗿𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘂𝗱𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗲. This is shocking and absurd. Why can’t I meet survivors of sexual violence? I have already booked my tickets after discussing with them. Why try and stop me???,” tweeted Swati Maliwal. However, on Sunday morning (July 23), the DCW chief tweeted saying that she would be flying to Imphal despite denied permission and that she has “sought time from Manipur CM.”
“Manipur Govt recommended I consider postponing my visit due to law and order situation. After deliberation on their suggestion, have decided to fly to Imphal as planned. Sought time from Manipur CM. Will meet him & request him to come along to visit the sexual assault survivors,” she tweeted on Sunday (July 23) morning.