With Khasi and Jaintia Hills set to go to ADC poll on February 27, the state government has laid down all the required provisions to ensure the smooth conduct of the elections to the two district councils — KHADC and JHADC.
Tura: In what may be termed as one of the most horrendous cases of rape to have been reported from from Garo Hills, it has come to light that 10 men took turns to rape a 13 year old mentally challenged minor over a period of two months even as village elders of the village in question tried to attempt a compromise.
The shocking incident came to light after an FIR was filed by the family of the 13-year-old victim at the Resubelpara police station. Police have managed to arrest nine of the accused today while one was away from the village when the police laid a raid. The FIR was filed yesterday that is on July 28.
The various instances of this horrific rape took place between the months of June and July with the family only coming to know after village elders called them for a meeting when the matter came to light. Incidentally two of the accused are said to be minors, with most of the others being married in the same village of Haluapara under Resubelpara PS.
“It seems they took turns in raping the girl at various times and at various locations within the same village. One of the witnesses to the crime is the wife of one of the accused who informed the village of the matter. The accused even confessed to their crime in the meeting held at the village,” said CI of Resu PS, GK Sangma.
As per locals, once the matter was known to the villagers, the village heads called a meeting to try and seek a compromise. However the family did not relent and pursued the matter through an FIR.
“The villagers also need to be docked for their role in trying to hide this heinous crime committed against a minor by mature men. There cannot be a compromise for what the culprits have done and for attempting to do so, the elders should be taken to task for trying to circumvent the law,” said social activist, Dardy GC Marak.
The meeting was allegedly held on July 25.
The ten accused have been identified as Mithilson Marak (54), Leolin Momin (61), Jangsin Marak (60), Pullarson Marak (48), Becky Sangma (41), Raju Sangma (35), Raju Marak (32) and Prethinson Sangma. Two others named in the FIR are allegedly minors while Prethison was missing from the village.
All the accused hailed from the same village (Haluapara) as did the 13-year-old minor victim.
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Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma proved his majority support in the floor of the Assembly winning the vote of confidence in the special session for election of the new Assembly Speaker held here today.
Sangma who is heading the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) led National People’s Party (NPP) Government has the support of 35 MLAs in the House of 60.
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The Chief Minister while replying to the question raised by the Congress Legislature Party leader, Dr Mukul Sangma to the motion of confidence moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Prestone Tynsong said that it is very clear that this is a Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coalition Government which is headed by the NPP.
“I don’t think there is any kind of doubt in this. Even in the letter of support of MLAs which was submitted to the Government, everyone has mentioned that they are expressing their support to the NPP led Government under the leadership of Conrad K Sangma,” Chief Minister said.
Earlier, while participating in the motion of confidence which was moved in the House, Dr Mukul had stated that it is appropriate for this august House to know which party is leading the Government.
“We would like to know whether it is the NPP led Government, BJP led Government or a conglomeration of party which is leading the Government,” the CLP leader said.
Stating that it is obvious that the mandate given by the people is a fractured mandate, he however said that looking at the background of the whole campaign, the mandate of the people is to form a Government without the BJP.
“The political parties in their campaigns have promised the innocent people of the State that they have no access to BJP. The various political parties had also clearly stated they will not have any connection with the BJP,” he observed adding that the basic guiding principle of the Constitution is to respect the mandate given by the the people.
Newly elected Assembly Speaker, Dr Donkupar Roy said that this is not the platform to debate on the mandate given by the people.
He however requested the Chief Minister to reply to the question raised by the CLP on the party which is heading the present Government.
The Achik Indigenous Justice Initiative Forum (AIJIF) on Sunday sent a memo to railway minister, Piyush Goyal seeking positive changes for the first and only railway station in the entire state of Meghalaya.