SHILLONG: The Civil Society Women Organisation (CSWO) has urged the government to take up all cases of sexual molestation of minors under the ‘Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012’. By taking up such cases under POCSO, the children will be provided speedy justice, feels CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing. “The Government should ensure that statements of the victims are taken up without delay,” Kharshiing said. She informed that a few months ago, an Investigating Officer took time to send the statement of such a victim to court; while during the gap the perpetrators moved the court for their bail. Kharshiing said that in another such alleged molestation case under Mawlai police station, a person of around 30-34 years of age and reported to be a relative of the victimised 11-year-old minor girl had sexually molested the minor girl. She was reportedly molested since she was 10 years old. An FIR has been registered in Mawlai Police Station, East Khasi Hills district, on September 10. When the victim revealed the incident to her relatives, another child of around 14-15 years also informed her relatives that she too had been molested by the same person. Her family too has filed an FIR in Mawlai Police Station.
In another shocking incident, a young girl also informed her mother that she too had been molested by the same person. But her mother is worried about approaching the police and is not aware of the process of moving the court and therefore the case has not yet been reported, the CSWO president said.
The CSWO has also urged the police “to object the bail application of this person as he is dangerous to small children and teenagers.”