Human Rights Law Network
Youth For Peace and Anhad
invite you to Manipur in the Shadow of AFSPA
Directed by: Ajay Bhardwaj
Duration : 52 mnts
Produced by : Harsh Dobhal, Human Rights Law Network & Anhad
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2005
Venue: Deputy Speaker Hall, Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi-110001
Manipur in the Shadow of AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1958) is a documentary about the routine violence perpetrated by the Army in the North East, particularly in Manipur, in the name of national security. Highlighting the anguish of Manipuri people, the documentary puts the enactment and misuse of AFSPA in a historical perspective and the extreme resentment by the Manipuri people and civil society groups over the last five decades.
In a moving sequence, the documentary highlights the rampant lawlessness in a region where incidents of rapes, killings, army excesses, arbitrary detentions, tortures and repressions are the order of the day. That for the people of Manipur this dreaded law has brought with it tales of untold sufferings—midnight knocks, searches, forced captures, innumerable incidents of torture, un-notified detentions, instances of sudden disappearances and rapes more often just on the basis of a mere suspicion, and ostensibly in order to “maintain public order.
While army atrocitites have often gone unnoticed or unheeded by mainstream media for decades, ‘Manipur in the Shadow of AFSPA’ shows shocking images of extreme resentment by Manipuri women that stormed Army Headquarters in Imphal earlier last year, following rape and brutal murder of Thangjam Manorama, and a protracted fight for justice by an indomitable Sharmila who has been on fast for last five years and is being nasally fed, forcibly, ever since.
Expressing grave concern over gross violation of human rights in the region, the documentary records eminent personalities from judiciary, academia, legal establishment and renowned human rights activists demanding immediate repeal of what they describe as “black law”.
Narrating tales of torture, sufferings, and inhuman treatment by the army, the film captures poignant testimonies of victims of this “black law”, one after another, before a “People’s Tribunal” in New Delhi earlier this year.
“Manipur in the Shadow of AFSPA”, is about one of the most draconian laws that the Parliament has enacted in its legislative history.