MLA rape case: Meghalaya women empowerment panel holds meeting with DGP

Shillong: The Women Empowerment Committee of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on Monday held a meeting with senior police officials over the allegations of rape against Thomas A Sangma, MLA from the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) and advisor to the chief minister.

Taking necessary precautions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was held virtually and was attended by the DGP, SP City Crime and East Khasi Hills SP.

Later, speaking with media persons, chairperson Ampareen Lyngdoh said that the committee spoke with the DGP to inquire into the allegations of rape against the MLA. “We thought it was best to ask if this really existed and under what sections was the case registered.”

“The DGP informed us that a case has been registered at the Sadar police station under Section 154/6 on June 1, 2021. Clearly, the DGP has indicated that investigation is going on. We also told him about the attempt to shame the victim by posting her pictures and videos on the Internet,” said Lyngdoh.

The committee also talked about the unnecessary gossip on social media about the integrity and background of the victim. The committee requested the police to study these attempts to shame the victim because this in itself is a violation of law, said Lyngdoh.

“Nobody should disclose the name of the victim or attempt to malign the reputation of the victim further. We asked the DGP if the victim has adequate access to legal aid. He promised us that the police will inquire into the case and provide necessary legal assistance to the victim,” said Lyngdoh.

Also read: MLA rape case: Law will take its course, says Conrad Sangma

On June 1, an FIR was filed against North Tura MLA Thomas A Sangma, accusing him of raping a woman on several occasions under the pretext of marriage.

The victim, who is currently under personal medical treatment, said that she has not been able to go for medical examination due to her health conditions.

The victim informed EastMojo that her health condition has been deteriorating and has been advised bed rest. The victim, however, was upset that her picture was circulating on social media, which has now gone viral. She said that she will file a case against this issue and her lawyer will take due action.

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