IMPHAL Sept 1: North- East Support Centre and Helpline has severely condemned the rape of a minor physically challenged girl and demanded stringent action against the perpetrators.
A release of the organization stated that Anita (name changed), a fifteen year old from Wangkhei went missing from her residence in the evening of August 21. She was later found in an unconscious state in a house located at Kongba bazaar at about 9 pm on the same day.
According to the testimony of the victim and her father, Anita was first seduced, intoxicated and raped by a man about 20 years of age, a resident of Andro Khunjao at Rainbow Fast Food at about 4.30 pm on the said day and abandoned in a nearby area.
She was taken to Raj Polyclinic and later shifted to JN Hospital and then to RIMS.
As the matter was reported to Porompat police station on the same night, the officers did not register the case and told the family members to come back later on ground that the area does not fall under their jurisdiction. The case was later filed to Irilbung PS.
In the regard, Madhuchandra, spokesperson of North East Support Centre and Helpline spoke to the OC of Irilbung PS. The police said that the rapist has been apprehended and he had confessed to the crime on interrogation.
The organization, in a memorandum to the Chief Minister, DGP Manipur and Manipur Minority Commission, demanded to include other relevant sections of IPC for crimes related to seducing, intoxicating and raping a physically challenged underage girl.
It was also demanded that the owner of “The Rainbow Fast Food”, Kongba Bazar where the crime took place must be held responsible and that the victim be awarded adequate compensation to rebuild her life.