Phulbari gang rape case: Satisfied with the investigation, says Dr. Ampareen

Shillong, Sep 16: The Meghalaya Assembly Committee on Women Empowerment, on Wednesday, expressed their satisfaction over the ongoing investigation of the Phulbari gang rape case.

The committee members were briefed about the case, wherein a 16-year-old girl was gang raped by three men in West Garo Hills’s Phulbari, by West Garo Hills SP Raghavendra Kumar.

Speaking after the meet, Chairperson Dr. Ampareen Lyngdoh that she was pleased with the progress but added that she won’t comment further since investigation is still underway.

The committee also urged Ri Bhoi Police to fast track investigation on the rape case and vandalism of the victim’s residence in Jirang.

Ampareen informed that the committee will hold an internal meeting on the 24th of this month to review matters brought before the committee with regards to the economic empowerment of women in all schemes prepared by the Meghalaya State Skill and labour department.

She further added that matters like issuing of pending ration cards to women will be discussed.

“We have also decided to enquire from the Chief Secretary of the State of the Government of Meghalaya as to the status of issuance of aadhar in the state,” she said.

The Committee will also travel to South West Khasi Hills on the 25th of this month to review functioning of key departments and schemes, including job cards for women, status of nutrition, health of women and children and more.

“We have decided to go and enquire into the plans to combat crimes against women in the district from the SP and decided to interact with women related NGOs to check the district’s performance,” she added.

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