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Rape case accused in custody

Tura, June 3: A youth, accused of raping a minor in Meghalaya’s Garo hills, was produced in court today and remanded in 10 days’ police custody.

Munaf Ali, 24, had allegedly raped an eight-year-old eight days ago. The alleged rape sent shock waves across the state. Ali surrendered at Phulbari police station yesterday.

The police swung into action following intervention of Digvijay Singh, an IPS officer on probation posted in Phulbari town of West Garo Hills.

On May 31, the police met the victim’s mother.

Her father fled as the police were told that he was striking a “compromise” with the criminals. He, however, returned later to help the police.

The victim’s mother refused to divulge any details.

The police registered a suo moto case and began investigations.

The medical examination confirmed that the minor was raped following which the victim’s mother filed an FIR.

“What is the use of law if they are trying to compromise? We cannot believe that the parents felt like making a compromise, despite the fact that the crime was perpetrated on their minor daughter. The incident is criminal and what the parents tried to do was worse,” said Singh, who is in charge of Phulbari police station.

The victim’s parents today met police officials and said that they were threatened by the accused and his family.