A sit-in-protest was held on Friday at Keirao area in Imphal East as a 15-year-old was sent to a juvenile justice board’s observation home after he allegedly raped a five-year-old girl child. The family and protesters are demanding justice for the minor victim.
The incident reportedly took place on October 10 evening when the 15-year-old boy allegedly took the minor girl to the top floor of her grandmother’s house and raped her, a relative of the victim said.
Speaking to the media, the victim's aunt said that the incident came to light only on October 16 when the victim disclosed it to her grandmother. The next day, the victim's guardian went to Irilbung police station and lodged a complaint, following which, the police detained the minor accused the same night.
The accused was produced before the JJB on October 18 and sent to Juvenile Home, the aunt added.
Aggrieved against police sending the accused to juvenile home, a sit-in protest was held on Friday in the Keirao area.
Detailing the incident, the victim’s aunt said that the minor girl was staying with her maternal grandmother in the area and on the day of the incident, she was taken by the accused from her grandmother’s vending place and the crime committed. The victim complaint of pain in her parts and narrated the incident to her grandmother, the aunt continued.
The victim was taken to JNIMS Hospital for treatment and is now in continuous fear, the aunt said.
FIR was lodged and the JJB sent the minor accused to a juvenile home but without any punishment, she said. When asked for a copy of the FIR, the police refused, the aunt alleged.
Demanding justice for the victim, the aunt said that detaining the accused in a juvenile home is no punishment nor justice to the victim. “There is an apprehension that such evil acts can happen to other children too. So, we want major punishment,” she added.