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Children rescued from home

Shillong, Sept. 29: Meghalaya police, along with members from Childline, rescued six children today from the New Life Home here after complaints of child exploitation and labour.

Rev. Sang Kunga Miller of New Life Church runs the home. Yesterday, Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO), a women’s group, lodged an FIR against Rev. Miller, alleging that he was exploiting children aged between seven and 17 years.

In a separate complaint, the organisation had also alleged that Rev. Miller had raped a 17-year-old girl in the hostel. Last night, the police arrested 65-year-old Rev. Miller on charges of rape.

According to CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing, the girl was repeatedly molested and raped in 2010. “She shared her plight with her mother and friend, but they did not believe her,” Kharshiing said, adding that it was her guardian who approached the organisation.

Kharshiing added that the victim “divulged” that Rev. Miller had abused many other hostelites. Rev. Miller brought the children from poor families living along the Meghalaya-Assam border and made them carry out all the hostel chores.

“He has also been running a school (Beth Memorial Academy) where foreign donors have contributed for the benefit of children,” Kharshiing said. Two boys fled the home last evening and spoke to Kharshiing about the molestation. “The boys disclosed that girls who are lodged in the hostel often leave after two to three months because of his actions,” she stated.

Rev. Miller has been admitted to a city hospital following health problems.