Tura, July 29: A minor girl of 13 years of age was allegedly raped by 10 people in a village in North Garo Hills which comes under the jurisdiction of Resubelpara police station here, police said today.
The shocking incident came to light after an FIR was filed by the family of the 13 year old victim at the Resubelpara police station. Police have managed to arrest nine of the accused today while one was away from the village when the police laid a raid. The FIR was filed yesterday, July 28.
The various incidents of rape took place between the months of June and July with the family only coming to know after village elders called them for a meeting after the matter became known. Incidentally two of the accused are said to be minors, with most of the others being married in the same village of Haluapara under Resubelpara PS.
“It seems they took turns in raping the girl at various times and at various locations within the same village. One of the witnesses to the crime is the wife of one of the accused who informed the village of the matter after which the matter came to be known. The accused even confessed to their crime in the meeting held at the village,” said Circle Incharge officer of Resu PS, GK Sangma.
According to locals, once the matter was known to the villagers, the village heads called a meeting to try and seek a compromise. However the family did not relent and pursued the matter through an FIR.
“The villagers also need to be docked for their role in trying to hide this heinous crime committed against a 13 year old by mature men. There cannot be a compromise for what the culprits have done and for attempting to do so, the elders should be taken to task for trying to circumvent the law,” said social activist, Dardy GC Marak.
The meeting was allegedly held on July 25.
The ten accused have been identified as Mithilson Marak (54), Leolin Momin (61), Jangsin Marak (60), Pullarson Marak (48), Becky Sangma (41), Raju Sangma (35), Raju Marak (32) and Prethinson Sangma. Two others named in the FIR are allegedly minors while Prethison was missing from the village.
All the accused hailed from the same village (Haluapara) as did the 13 year old victim.
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