Traditional headmen arrested for playing peace brokers in Mawryngkneng rape case

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Jan 06: Attempt to broker peace between the victim and the perpetrators of the heinous Mawryngkheng gang rape case have landed two traditional headmen in serious trouble with the police and were arrested on Friday.
“Police have arrested the Sordar (village chief) of Mawrynkneng village, Peter J Lawai and the Rangbah Dong (locality head) of Mawmang, Goldenstar Mukhim this (Friday) morning,” Superintendent of Police (City) Vivek Syiem informed here.
Lawai is also the heading the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) as the president of the NGO’s central body.

Both have been booked under the relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
“They (traditional heads) are liable for abetment for their role in trying to facilitate a compromise in such a heinous crime which is a serious aggravating against the POCSO Act,” Syiem said.
“It is unfortunate that they wanted to effect a compromise and money to be exchanged between the rapists and the victim’s family,” he added.
The action also came after relative of the victim girl strongly demanded action against the two traditional headmen.
They have taken serious offence on the failure of these traditional heads to hand over the accused persons when they appeared before the dorbar meeting convened twice on the nights of January 2 and January 3.
The incident took place at 9pm at Mawmang locality of Mawryngkneng village on January 1, when the girl was returning home from her aunt’s place, after having a New Year meal there.
Following their arrest, all the six accused persons also surrendered before a local court after a manhunt was conducted and a lookout notice was issued by the police.
They have been identified as Sanlang Kharlukhi, Rimon Surong, Requestor Mukhim, Shan Dkhar, Sanbhalang Mawthoh and Banlumlang Rynjah.
Requester is the younger brother and Shan Dkhar of Mynso village in West Jaintia Hills District is the driver of the locality head.
“They have surrendered before the court which has remanded them to 14 days judicial custody,” Syiem said while informing that police are also going to ask for police custody, the case being a heinous one.


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