SHILLONG, Dec 19: Hotels which fail to adhere to the laid down rules will face stern action by police as the latter continues to curb crimes against women and children.
This was informed by the Superintendent of Police (SP), East Khasi Hills (EKH) district, M Kharkrang on Monday and this statement gains significance in the wake of the recent arrest of a waiter and a woman from a city guest house owned by the wife of the State Home Minister for forcing a 14 year old village girl into prostitution.
“It (forcing minor into prostitution) is a serious crime and we will not hesitate to take any legal action against such hotels,” Kharkrang said here on Monday.
Preliminary investigation has indicated that the hotel authority has failed to register the names of the accused and also the victim while allowing them to hire the room.
“We are still investigating the case to find out as to who is responsible for not registering these people,” Kharkrang said while pointing out that all hotels are aware that it is mandatory to register their guests failing which attracts legal action.
He however said that the police cannot close down any hotels which violate the rules as the matter is for the state government to decide on.
On the allegation that the CCTV installed in the hotel was not functioning for the past many days, the SP said that it is the responsibility of the hotels to ensure they are working if they don’t want to become a place where crimes are committed.
With regard to the afore mentioned case, 37 year-old Usha Debarma and his woman accomplice 27 year-old Momoni Pardon were arrested and charged with kidnapping and trafficking. They have been remanded to five days police custody.
The SP also informed that the accused woman who was playing the role of a pimp will be further interrogated as there is a strong possibility that she had committed such crimes with other minor girls.