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TURA | NOV 8, 2019:

Expressing anger over the rape of 7-year-old girl, the All Meghalaya Minority Students Union (AMMSU) held a rally at
Bhaitbari village under Phulbari PS in West Garo Hills and has sought capital punishment for the alleged accused.

A person identified as Soffur Alom allegedly raped the minor on November 5, when she went to the nearby paddy field to relieve herself due to a lack of a toilet in her house. The incident took place towards the morning with the accused continually abusing the girl for over 2 hours. The savage act against the minor even led to her losing consciousness.

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After regaining consciousness the minor then went home, but not before being threatened by Alom with a knife. He threatened her against revealing the act to anyone. She however gathered the courage to narrate the details of what happened to her parents after which an FIR was filed against Alom, leading to his arrest yesterday by police.

The FIR further stated that Alom had been eyeing the minor for quite a while but as she was unaware of what the signs meant, she did not heed it.

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AMMSU, along with residents of the Bhaitbari area today held a rally to condemn the incident of sexual assault as well as seek the harshest punishment for the culprit.

“This has come as a shock for all of us. What was done by Alom is utterly disgusting and condemnable. We demand that the authorities ensure the accused either rots in jail for his entire life or is hanged till death once his crime is proved. Our support is with the family of the victim and the 7 year old,” said president of AMMSU, Nur Islam.

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