SHILLONG, March 07: Refuting allegations that have been made on the issue, state Home Minister, HDR Lyngdoh has said that a 14 year old girl was never raped in a guest house owned by his son.
“It is not a fact that the rape committed by an MLA happened in the guest house,” Lyngdoh told the Assembly while replying to a special motion on increasing atrocities against women and children during the Budget Session here on Tuesday.
He also said that he had not interfered in the issue and had given police a free hand to ensure that the law takes its own course against anybody involved.
Earlier the opposition Hill State People Democratic Party (HSPDP) strongly demanded that Lyngdoh steps down to ensure a free and fair investigation into the trafficking and rape of the minor girl.
“I appeal to the Home Minister to step down to ensure an impartial investigation into the matter and to ensure justice to the victim,” HSPDP chief Ardent M Basaiawmoit said while participating in the debate on the special motion.
He also pointed out that the former Governor V Shanumganathan had resigned from his post after he was accused of turning the Raj Bhavan into ‘young ladies club’ as claimed by the staff of the Raj Bhavan in their petition to President and Prime Minister.
Lyngdoh meanwhile argued that crimes can happen anywhere while adding that in the present circumstances efforts are being taken to combat such crimes.
“Therefore it is very wrong to say that I should step down as I have done no wrong,” he said while assuring that action will be taken against anybody involved in the matter regardless of their relations.
He further stated that the police have taken swift action on receiving complaint against the arrested MLA, Julius Dorphang for allegedly raping a minor girl and the state government has at no point of time interfered in the matter.
Stating that investigation into the case is going on, the home minister assured that he will ensure the investigation is expedited not only on this particular case but in all the cases related to crimes against women and children in the state.
Earlier while expressing concern on the issue, Basaiawmoit said that there are around 1,248 cases related to various crimes against women are pending in many courts in Meghalaya.