It has been over two months since violence involving the Meitei and Kuki communities in Manipur began. The violence erupted after the Manipur high court requested the state government to consider granting Scheduled Tribe status to the Meiteis, the majority community in the state. According to official data, over 70,000 people have been displaced, with more than 100 fatalities. Around 350 relief camps have been established for those affected. The Wire visited various relief camps in Manipur to understand the challenges faced by the displaced persons. What issues are the people of Manipur confronting? What are their demands? Has the situation improved in the recent past? To find out more, watch the sixth in our series of ground reports from Manipur.
The Manipur government reopened schools on July 5. The state has around 1,110 schools, out of which a total of 4,521 schools for classes 1 to 8 reopened on Wednesday.
An education department official attributed the low attendance rate to violence-related issues, transportation, and fear among parents and children. The Wire also spoke with parents of students in Manipur. They expressed their concern, stating, “We don’t want to send our children to schools in such a situation where anything can happen at any time.”