Minor allegedly raped and abandoned

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IMPHAL, November 2: A 16-year old girl has alleged she was raped and abandoned by a 20 year old boy known to one of her friends on November 22.

The shocking incident was revealed during a fact finding programme conducted by Women Action for Development and a team of media persons as part of the organisation’s 16-days of activism.

The girl Nidhi (name changed) said on November 20, around 8pm her friend Suman (name changed) who was temporarily staying at their home called her out.

She said she was forcibly taken on a boat by her friend, her boyfriend and another friend (accused) of the boyfriend to someplace known to the accused and stayed for the night there.

Her friend wanted to elope with her boyfriend, she said.

Amu (name changed) the boyfriend’s friend raped her next morning, even as her friend and the boyfriend held her, she alleged.

Afterward when she confronted the three, they took her to Amu’s village in Kakching area with the assurance of telling his elders about them eloping, but the elders rejected her, she continued. Then she found Amu had left her alone and ran away, she said.

Depressed by the incidents, she jumped into a pond and tried to kill herself but was saved by some passers-by, she added.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that a case has been registered with the Bishnupur Women Police Station and a forensic test has been conducted to confirm rape at the RIMS.

The concerned OC of the WPS said the accused is still absconding.

She said it is found that the accused was an adopted son and that his adopted parents have already disowned him.

The OC told this reporter that all possible means are being utilised to find the accused at the earliest.

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