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Citizen groups demand government intervention

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Oct 2016 12:00 AM GMT


SHILLONG, Oct 2: Several pressure groups have sought the intervention of School Education and Literacy Minister Deborah C Marak concerning the recent assault and rape of two school students.

The two girls belonging to Kendriya Vidalaya (Central School), Tura were allegedly raped by the principal in charge of the school and a senior teacher. The accused were later arrested by police on September 29.

The pressure groups from Garo Hills which includes the GSU, FAF, FKJGP, ADE and AYWO has also demanded that the accused teachers must be termited from their jobs, the accused must be pelized under the strictest law possible, the Kendriya Vidalaya School must employ more locals so that such perpetrations are curbed and that the activities of the teachers, especially the act of giving persol tuitions, must be monitored that will balance the overwhelming influential and pervasive power of the teachers of the school.

In a joint letter submitted to the Minister by GSU CEC president TS Momin and JM Sangma general secretary alleged that the second victim was abused verbally because she refused to entertain their threats and the acting Principal even slapped the victim for her refusal in the Principal’s room and issued repeated threats.

They further alleged that the other victim, who was mentally bogged down, succumbing to their threats and blackmails, was continued to be sexually abused at every chance for almost a month by Deepjyoti Das.

“The act of sexually abusing the minor females is a very serious case as enunciated by the sections and objectives of P.O.C.S.O. They must be given the severest punishment under law. The people of Tura are enraged by this misadventure of the teachers,” the NGO leaders said.

According to them, this is the very reason why the prominent NGOs and Civil Societies of Garo Hills are calling for a Public Rally and Public Procession on October 4.

“We urge the Minister as the guardian of the students in Meghalaya to see that justice and corrective measures are pursued. We do not make these demands lightly because we will pursue more agitation programs to see justice is meted out to the victims. We will not be patient if the accused teachers come back to teach the students,” they said.

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