SHILLONG, Jan 04: In yet another heinous incident to herald the year 2017, a 17-year-old girl was gang raped by six persons in a village in East Khasi Hills District even as police are yet to arrest the accused.
The incident took place at 9pm at Mawmang locality of Mawryngkneng village on January 1, when the girl was going home from her aunt’s place, after having had food for the New Year.
An FIR filed with the Mawryngkneng police station has named the six accused who were identified as Sanlang Kharlukhi, Rimon Surong, Requestor Mukhim, Shan Dkhar, Sanbhalang Mawthoh and Banlumlang Rynjah.
“The accused persons are absconding and investigation is on,” police said in their official website.
Meanwhile in a statement issued here, the Civil Society Women Organization (CSWO) said it was informed by the victim’s family that after having committed the heinous crime they dragged her to the rented house of Rimon Surong.
“It was only after she gained consciousness the next day (January 2) she managed to flee the place as Rimon was asleep,” CSWO chief Agnes Kharshiing said.
She also alleged that Requester Mukhim is the younger brother of the local headman of the locality and Shan Dkhar of Mynso village in West Jaintia Hills District is his driver.
The CSWO also said the family of the victim had also reported the matter to the sordar of Mawryngkneng village thinking that he would hand over the accused to the police but it was just the opposite.
“He (Sordar) instead tried for two days to bring them to a compromise in the presence of the local Headman whose brother is an accused,” she said adding “ the accused even attended the Dorbar meeting but were later sent home by the Sordar before he was forced to report the matter to the Police on the January 3, 2017 as some relatives of the victims family called him up.”
“The traditional Sordar also, instead, questioned the relatives, why they let the girl come out. The aunt of the victim told us the house is just nearby and wondered why the girl should be gang raped just because she came out,” Kharshiing said.
Meanwhile, the CSWO strongly condemns the act and request that bail be rejected and authorities should ascertain that family faces no threat from the traditional heads of Mawryngkneng and its localities.
“We urge for their immediate arrest and the POCSO Act should be applied to all those who try to not help the victim in such a heinous crime,” it demanded.