Shillong: The recent incident of an unidentified female dead body found in Meghalaya’s Wah Myntdu, West Jaintia Hills, has raised questions over whether Jaintia Hills has become unsafe for women.

The unidentified dead body of a 23-year-old woman was the latest crime against women. Before this, a 16-year-old schoolgirl was found murdered and suspected to have been raped. The girl’s body was spotted by labourers at 2-Kilo under Sutnga Elaka in East Jaintia Hills District.

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On December 16 last year, a teenage girl from Sohkymphor, East Jaintia Hills District, did not return home from school, and her body was recovered from a forest.

In light of these crimes, Meghalaya Social Welfare Minister Kyrmen Shylla called for more stringent laws and even the death penalty for rapists.

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Shylla told EastMojo that the people committing such crimes lack the heart to feel remorse or they don’t fear the law.

West Jaintia Hills District Superintendent of Police (SP) BD Marak had informed that on the morning of April 4, they received information that an unidentified female dead body was found at Wah Myntdu under Jowai PS.

Marak said the additional SP along with Women PS proceeded to the crime scene for taking necessary action and secured the area. Crime Scene Unit (CSU), Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and the Dog squad were requisitioned to assist the same.

“On arrival of the CSU team, an inquest was conducted and later identified the victim (23 yrs) of Barato village and residing at Muralong with her husband and an eight-month-old child. The accused was arrested and later identified the body also. The mother of the victim filed an FIR at Jowai PS and a case had been registered at Jowai PS vide number 37(4)2021 U/S 302 IPC and an investigation is in progress,” said Marak.

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