A vicious sectarian conflict has gripped the small Indian state of Manipur for months.
While there have been tensions in the past between the majority Hindu Meitei community and minority Christian Kuki-Zomi tribe in the remote northwest of the country, it has escalated into bitter fighting since May.
Street protests erupted into armed violence over demands to extend official tribal status to the Meiteis, entitling them to benefits previously reserved for the Kukis.
The minority group argued this would bolster the already strong influence of the dominant community and lead to encroachment onto their land.
More than 140 people have so far been killed in the unrest and hundreds wounded, while there was outrage over video which showed two Kuki women being paraded naked and assaulted by Meitei men – with one allegedly gang raped.
As tensions mount, Sky’s India reporter Neville Lazarus visits a village which has seen a surge in violence.
Source : Sky News