Imphal, Nov. 30: An unidentified woman, about 40 years of age, was found murdered in Imphal West this morning, sending shockwaves in Langol Games Village in the district.
The woman’s throat was slashed by a sharp weapon.
The incident was reported at a time when women’s organisations are observing International Fortnight Observation Protesting Violence against Women, since November 25.
Police said morning joggers found the body of the woman by the Langol Games Village Road, about 6km from the city early this morning.
The body was kept at the mortuary of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences for post-mortem.
The police said there was not much traffic along this road after dusk, and the crime was probably committed last night. Her sandals were found on the road.
“The incident is shocking. We don’t want such things to happen in our area,” Sekholal Tuboi, a young man of Langol Games Village said.
Nearby residents turned up to confirm whether the woman was from the locality. Her clothes were intact and the police could not say whet-her the woman was sexually assaulted or not, as the post-mortem was yet to be done.
“The incident is very unfortunate, as the murder took place at a time when we are observing the international fortnight against violence on women. This shows that our efforts to check this trend have not yielded the desired result,” Sobita Mangsatabam, secretary of Women’s Action for Development, said.
Mangsatabam said the failure of the police to arrest the culprits in such crimes has led to the increase in such incidents.
She said there were 21 cases of rape this year, compared to 13 last year.
There were two cases of rape and murder last year and two cases this year.
The Manipur State Women’s Commission agreed that crimes against women in the state was rising at an alarming rate with the commission registering more than 50 cases since April 1 this year.
In another incident this morning in Thoubal district, a shopkeeper was shot dead near a canal not very far from the bazaar. The residents of the area blocked the Imphal-Moreh Road to protest against the incident.
The police said the shopkeeper, identified as Yanglem Naoba alias Bisheshore, 40, was shot in the head and one 9 mm pistol was recovered from the place. Naoba owned a cement store at Thoubal Bazar and he left his house at Thoubal Wangma for his store early this morning.
The relatives of the victim are yet to claim the body, which is at the mortuary of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal for post-mortem.