TURA, May 11: The state of Meghalaya is fast turning into a nightmare for women and children after another case emerged of a 16 year old girl being repeatedly raped by a 35 year old teacher of a private school in Betasing in South West Garo Hills (SWGH).
According to a delayed report, Sojjen Marak, who is a resident of Betasing and was working as a teacher of a private school was arrested on May 4 after a complaint by a 16 year old girl whom he had allegedly raped multiple times at his own house. The girl was a resident of Khagre village of the same district and had been living with Marak and his wife in their house in Betasing.
Incidentally the girl had gone missing from her house in Khagre since January 22 with her father filing a missing report the next day. Her whereabouts remained a mystery until she surfaced on May 2 in Ampati Police Station.
The family of the 16 year old victim was immediately informed while police tried to speak to the victim and get the details of what happened.
“She was hesitant in speaking to us and did not give us complete details. Later the District Child Protection Officers (DCPO) also met the victim but she was still unwilling to talk regarding her ordeal. It was only when she met the doctor for a medical that she opened up about the sexual abuse being meted to her by the teacher,” said the Superintendent of Police of SWGH, Bobby Momin.
Interestingly, immediately after the girl was able to get away from the teacher and submit herself to the police, the accused teacher made a run for it and managed to evade police for two days before being caught on May 4. Police sources confirmed that the accused has been remanded to judicial custody.
It is pertinent to note here that the state has seen a huge spurt in crimes against women and children with minor rapes becoming a norm rather than the exception.