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MOKOKCHUNG, June 12, 2018: Mongsenyimti Union Mokokchung Town organized a procession on Tuesday in Mokokchung town in protest against the alleged rape of a minor by a 19-year old youth in Mongsenbai Ward, Mokokchung on Sunday and submitted a 5-point memorandum addressed to the Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung.
The Mongsenyimti Union in the memorandum demanded that the accused, one Limatoshi should be given the highest form punishment and that the victim should be given adequate compensation immediately. Further, it was also demanded that the accused should not be granted bail during the pendency of the investigation under any condition, adding that medical condition of the accused should not be reason for the court or administration to grant him bail.
It also demanded the district authority to "compensate the innocent minor victim immediately which the victim and her family are entitled so as to meet the medical expenditures." It was also demanded that proper procedure be strictly followed as per POSCO Act under which the accused has been booked and there is no discrepancies and delays from the appropriate authority in pronouncing the full conviction of imprisonment of the accused.
In the event of denying justice to the victim and her family, and to the citizens at large, the Mongsenyimti Union warned that they would take law in their own hands. A copy of the memorandum was also submitted to the Superintendent of Police, Mokokchung. A verbal altercation arose between the protestors and the police at the SP Office premises. However, the situation was dissuaded from going out of control by the police officers and the Mongsenyimti Union elders.
Meanwhile, the Watsü Mungdang and the Mokokchung Town Lanur Telongjem (MTLT) has demanded the law enforcing agencies to expediting the case and ensure speedy justice to the victim at the earliest.
In a letter to the Deputy Commissioner of Mokokchung, the Watsü Mungdang demanded that the accused by awarded "the highest form of punishment immediately" and that the victim should be given adequate compensation immediately. The Watsü Mungdang also warned that they would have no alternative but to take their own course of action if the administration failed to comply to their demands.
The MTLT while quoting the Criminal Law Amendment Ordinance, 2018, said no bail should be granted to the accused person under any circumstance and the investigation should be completed within two months. Any lapses while this case is being pursued and investigated will be viewed seriously and any unwanted fallout because of such lapses would be the sole responsibility of the law enforcing agencies, it stated.
Source: Morung Express
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