In yet another crime against women reported in Meghalaya, a 22-yr-old man was alleged of raping two teens in Tura in West Garo Hills district, one of whom is a minor. Though the incidents happened months ago, the report was filed only recently.
The delayed report led to the arrest of the accused person under POCSO Act. It was also informed that a third woman, was also sexually assaulted though she was not named in the FIR filed with the police.
According to police sources, the 22 year old suspect, Salsrang D Sangma of Cherangre in Tura, had a relation with the 17 year old for a while. She had also been impregnated by him leading to the birth of a son. This act ensured he was booked under POCSO as the girl was a minor when she gave birth.
Sangma then forced another 19 year old victim to have sexual relations with him without her consent. Even the 19 year old is 3 months pregnant when the complaint was filed. The suspect then also threatened another woman for sexual favours, though she was not named in the FIR.
Sangma was arrested on June 25 immediately after a case was lodged against him by the two victims at the Tura Women’s PS.
“We have booked him under the POCSO Act as well as for rape. He was arrested immediately after the complaint and is currently in custody,” said superintendent of police, WGH, Dr MGR Kumar.
Cases of sexual predation have been on the rise in Garo Hills, with this being the latest entrant in the halls of infamy.
- TNT / Image: Representational