Meghalaya Rape Case: EKH SP, Medical Superintendent to be summoned by Assembly Committee

Meghalaya Rape Case: EKH SP, Medical Superintendent to be summoned by Assembly Committee
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Shillong, Feb 03:

The Women Empowerment Committee of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly will summon the police officials and the Medical Superintendent of Ganesh Das Hospital on February 6 on the alleged sexual assault of a 14-year-old minor girl on the January 29.

"We will summon the East Khasi Hills, Superintendent of Police and Medical Superintendent to gather more information on this case ," chairperson of the committee, Ampareen Lyngdoh said after a meeting held here today.

According to Ampareen, the committee will also summon the Meghalaya State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Child Protection Officer and the counsellor to enquire on the steps taken to provide assistance to the girl.

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Meanwhile, the committee also slammed the police for not taking up this case seriously. "I was surprised to see that the OC of Madanryting police station was so casual when I inquired about the case. It does give the impression that the police is not serious at all with this case. This also clearly reflects that lackadaisical attitude of the police," chairperson of the committee said. 

According to her, she could not contact the SP of East Khasi Hills to inquire about the case as her mobile phone was out of reach. "I am not happy with the manner the police are handling this case," she said.

It may be mentioned that a 14-year-old minor girl was allegedly drugged and raped after she was kidnapped on the night of 29 January. The four accused later threw the girl from their vehicle at Madanryting market on the same night.

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She also said that the prima face of the incident indicates that there has been an assault on the girl and she was cut throughout her body besides being drugged and gagged.

Pointing out that there were serious lapses in dealing with the incident, Ampareen said that the police had refused to register a missing complaint when the mother had visited the police. "The police instead told the mother of the girl to come back next day with the picture of the girl," she said.

The Chairperson of the committee said that they have the authority to pull up and call for necessary action from the police. "The incident could have been averted if the police had register the complaint immediately," Lyngdoh said.

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