6 arrested for assault on minor
A 16-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a gang in Meghalaya’s West Jaiñtia Hills, and six out of seven accused, including two juveniles, have been arrested so far.
West Jaiñtia Hills superintendent of police Lakador Syiem said on Thursday, a written FIR was received at the Eighth Mile Traffic Cell stating that a minor was subjected to “gang penetrative sexual assault” by a group of seven persons hailing from the same village.
Accordingly, a cognizable case was registered under relevant sections of Pocso Act for investigation. The minor was immediately taken to Ialong civil hospital for medical examination and treatment.
Syiem said five police teams were formed, led by deputy superintendent of police D. Moksha, to nab the accused.
The police managed to arrest four adults — Ribah Phawa, Libim Phawa, Mehi Dkhar, Kermiki Shylla, and two juveniles who were involved in the case, he said.
One more accused was still absconding. Efforts are still being made to locate and arrest the other co-accused person at the earliest, he said, adding that the investigation is being supervised by deputy superintendent of police (crime) C.W. Lyngdoh.
The police have informed the incident to the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Shillong, and Child Welfare Committee, Jowai, for counselling, rehabilitation and other support services for the victim.