From A Correspondent
SHILLONG, May 1: At least three cases of crimes against minor girls were reported in the last week. On Sunday (April 30) the dead body of one 13 year old girl was recovered from Doranggre village under Shallang police station in West Khasi Hills district, police said.
According to police, the family of the girl had reported her missing a day earlier on April 29.
Police suspect that the victim was raped and murdered.
In this connection, arrested a suspect one Probit R Marak (24). Police observed necessary formalities on the body of the victim and investigation is going on.
Meanwhile, in another incident of rape, a person lodged a complaint that on April 27 at around 3 pm, while his 14 year old daughter was returning home from school, two persons which included a minor boy forcibly dragged her into a jungle. The duo raped her and threatened with dire consequences not to disclose the incident to anyone.
The elderly man has been identified as Rambong T Sangma (45).
Moreover, in another assault on a minor girl in the state police said on April 26 afternoon, one unidentified person came from behind and covered the mouth and the face of one 16 year old girl with a handkerchief.
The miscreant had mixed some chemical substances in the handkerchief and attempted to strangulate her at Jongksha village in East Khasi Hills district. However, the minor girl maged to escape.
It may be mentioned that Meghalaya recorded as many as 973 crimes against children during the last five years. Data revealed that between 2012 and 2016, crimes committed on children in the state were reported 90 in 2012, 183 in 2013, 213 in 2014, 257 in 2015 and 230 in 2016 taking the total to 973.
Crime reported against children during 2016, stood at 146 cases registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act compared to 110 in 2015.