SHILLONG, Jan 04: The year 2017 has begun on a bad note for Mawhati legislator, Julius Dorphang even as a local court here issued an arrest warrant against the absconding legislator who is wanted for allegedly sexually exploiting a 14 year-old girl.
“The court has today (Wednesday) issued a warrant of arrest for Dorphang,” East Khasi Hills district SP M Kharkrang said.
He said the police have now begun searching for his whereabouts after the MLA has disappeared after the police booked him for his alleged role in sexually exploiting the victim besides trafficking her.
The legislator from Mawhati constituency, who is also supporting the ruling Congress government, was booked under section 366 (A) of the IPC and registered with section 3 (a)/4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) and under section 5 of the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act (ITPA).
The minor girl was rescued from a guest house owned by Home Minister H D R Lyngdoh’s son last month where she escaped from the clutches of the pimps.
She later told the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights that she had been taken to many guest houses and hotels and had named all those involved.
Among those wanted by the police for trafficking the girl, five persons including four women have been arrested for trafficking her.
Women activists have also demanded Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma to drop the Home Minister after he did not step down to allow a free and fair trial of the case.
“We expect the Chief Minister to drop home minister H D R Lyngdoh suo moto to allow free and fair trial of the sexual assault case of the minor girl,” Civil Society Women Organisation president Agnes Kharshiing said.
She said the people expected that the home minister resigns himself taking moral responsibility of the case since the girl escaped from his son’s guest house.
“There is a lot of unnecessary pressure that the police are facing because they are dealing with their boss firstly; and secondly because one of the accused persons is a legislator supporting the ruling party,” Agnes alleged.
A rally in solidarity with the victim will be held on January 11 here.