ATSUM concerned over Blind School rape incident

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IMPHAL, June 26: The All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur stronly condemned the inhuman act of Him Bahadur Thapa, a Chowkidar of Government Ideal Blind School Takyel, for committing penetrative sexual offence by raping a blind minor girl of 13 years from Ukhrul district on April 13.

Investigation revealed that the victim had been raped before in the month of October, 2013. The school warden and headmistress came to be aware of the situation on the night of the second incident when the victim was sensed to be suffering from mental trauma and late arrival to her dormitory. An FIR was lodged against the rapist.

However, the matter was kept in the dark for two months for reason best known by the school authority, it said.

The Union has demanded to the Government to provide for a special approach towards prevention and treatment of Juvenile delinquency for protection, treatment, monetary relief in the form of compensation to the victim and rehabilitation as per the Juvenile Justice Act 2000.

It also demanded that the rapist be charge sheet and award befitting punishment in the interest of the public general according to the nature and gravity of the crime.

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