First things first, we know the Mary Kom movie is only about the 5-time world champion boxer by the same name and her achievements. It is a movie about a Manipuri and not about Manipur. The creative freedom is completely in the hands of the film makers and it is their prerogative to mention or leave out what they want to. Highlighting the human rights situation in Manipur was never going to be a part of the movie but if it was included, it would have accentuated the hardships Mary Kom endured to reach the very summit. Also, it would have helped us understand the sorry state of affairs in the North Eastern state. But whatever the case, while we're talking about Mary Kom and while Manipur is in the news, let us look at 5 major human rights issues faced by the state:
Several cases of intimidation, torture and arbitrary kidnappings have been reported in Manipur and these have been linked to various separatist groups as well as the armed forces. This has been ongoing for several years now but nothing is being done about it.
Thangjam Manorama was taken from her home in July 2004 by soldiers of the Assam Rifles on the pretext of 'questioning'. But her body was found the next morning a few kilometres away from home riddled with bullet wounds. There were also signs of rape and torture. Many protests have been held but after 10 years later, there is still no charge or arrest. One of the most famous protests saw 30 women strip naked in front of the Assam Rifles' headquarters, holding aloft a banner that read 'Indian Army rapes us'.