Mob Justice in Manipur
#3 Oil Painting by Monica Ingudam
11 by 14 inch
Original - Looking to exhibit in Gallery.
I started this painting on 14th Sept 2018 filled with such heaviness and pain after watching the videos of mob culture in Manipur questioning myself with How many Farooque has to die? Where is humanity? What are we teaching the kids?
It’s really sad and shocking to watch the videos. He pleaded for water while the mob jeered and mocked. There were laughter around. One of the man straightened Faroogue’s hand as he laid on the ground, seemed unconscious from the previous multiple blows by many people. The man picked up the thick stick aiming right on the palm/hand he straightened with all his might. So much hatred and inhumanity. There were children in the crowd.
I condemn such inhuman act, mob culture we have seen time and again in Manipur. There are many conflicts Manipur is dealing with but this is something we cannot point a finger. A mother has lost his son.
Reference from India Today: On 14th September 2018, a mob brutally lynched 26-year-old MBA student Mohammad Farooq Khan in the Tharoijam village in Imphal West district. Khan, who was studying MBA in Bangalore and had come home on vacation, was mercilessly beaten to death on suspicion of bike theft. Khan hailed from Lilong Haoreibi village in Thoubal district, around two hours from the spot where he was killed in the presence of some policemen who were later suspended.
Monica Ingudam, 28th April 2019
Artist: Monica has always been interested in art as a child but never thought it could be a path she could take. She picked up on painting here and there, found the process to be very calming and therapeutic to deal with the moods and waves of life. Art and painting provided the calm inner strength during the intense grieving period during her father’s passing. She volunteered for Art Galleries to be closer to Art, took art classes to enhance her understanding and skills of being an artist. Currently she is working on a series of oil paintings promoting the beauty of Manipur, in the belief that these paintings will connect people at a deeper level bringing out the hidden love and compassion, giving the strength to rise above conflict. She has pledged the funds raised from her paintings to projects of FindingTheVoices and support humane initiatives she has encountered as part of interviews covered in her talk show. Currently she is raising funds for Palliative Care Society, Imphal, Manipur.