SHILLONG, May 15: There is a perceptible rise in the number of crimes against children in West Jaintia Hills (WJH) district, prompting police to urge the general populace for quick reporting of such crimes such that the perpetrators do not abscond.
“It has been observed that there is a perceptible rise in crime against children in the district,” The Superintendent of Police (SP), WJH district, Vivek Syiem said on Tuesday while further informing that this year, 17 cases under POCSO Act have been registered till date, 3 cases have been Charge Sheeted while 14 cases are being investigated.
Syiem also said that 13 persons have been arrested so far only in 2018 itself for sexual offences against children.
Referring to a recent case, Syiem said that on Monday, an FIR was received that on Sunday (May 13) one 12 year minor boy was abducted by one person at 9 PM and was sexually assaulted.
A case has since been registered at Jowai Police Station and upon investigation, one Sanki Ksoo was identified and arrested on Monday and has now been remanded to Judicial custody.
Syiem however said that in another case from Khliehtyrshi, Moopyllaitsyiar, Deibor Talang who is accused of sexually assaulting a 15 year old girl is presently absconding and is being sought by police. Syiem said that the assault had happened way back in 2014 and was only reported on Monday.
Stressing the importance of timely reporting of such crimes, Syiem said that quick action by the family members can help police to act expeditiously in such cases where physical evidence is crucial. He also said that timely action will help prevent the accused from abscond or evade arrest.