SHILLONG, Jan 10: Home Minister HDR lyngdoh’s son and proprietor of Marvelene Inn has clarified that the Inn has no involvement in the human trafficking or sexual exploitation case while stating that the incident was a rare one that occurred without the knowledge of the management or the proprietor.
“The inn has no involvement in the case. We want to clarify that police during its investigation found just the waiter’s involvement and nobody from the management,” said proprietor of Marvelene Inn, Nathaniel Rymmai.
Thma U Rangli (TUR) and Civil Society Women Organisation (CSWO) had filed an FIR against the proprietor, owner (s), management of Marvelene Inn, Rilbong, Shillong under POCSO Sec 21 (1). Section 21 of the POCSO Act holds liable persons for failure to report the commission of an offence or apprehension that an act is likely to be committed under POCSO.
Following this, a case was registered at Laban police station against the proprietor, owner (s), management of the inn and investigation got underway.
Countering this, Rymmai said, “How can we report anything when we did not know what was going on?”
The FIR also urged police to register a case under sec 370 IPC as amended by the Criminal Law amendment act 2013 which holds liable persons who for the purpose of exploitation harbours and receives a person or persons.
“A minor was twice “received” and “harboured” at Marvelene Inn where she was sexually assaulted and raped,” stated TUR.
Claiming ignorance about the incident and clarifying that the inn was never a partner to any trafficking cases as alleged, Rymmai said, “We had no idea about it. It is only in the morning when police arrived that we got to know,” further adding that the police ordered them to open the particular room and they were shocked.
“We are extending all support to police in their investigation,” he added.