Itanagar: A 25-year-old youth who allegedly raped a 70-year-old woman at Higi Bagra village near Aalo in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang district surrendered before the police on Friday following the increasing pressure put on him by various women associations and villagers.
As per an official communiqué received from the West Siang district information and public relations officer (DIPRO), the youth allegedly raped the elderly woman on April 28 and had been escaping arrest since then.
Aalo, the headquarters of West Siang district is around 371 kms from Itanagar.
“The culprit threatened the woman with dire consequences and then raped her on April 28 midnight. Following this, the victim’s family members lodged an FIR at the Aalo police station. The accused evaded arrest for a few days. However, he finally surrendered before the police on Friday after mounting pressure was put on him from several quarters,” the DIPRO informed.
The DIPRO further informed that the accused is a habitual offender as he had committed a similar crime against a woman believed to be a daily-wage earner in May last year.
A case was registered at Aalo police station and a charge sheet was also filed. However, the court did not acquit him of the crime due to lack of evidence as neither the victim nor her family members turned up as key witnesses before the court, the communiqué informed.
Meanwhile, a conglomeration of local associations including women organisations on Friday submitted a joint memorandum to the district administration demanding stern action against the culprit “for repeatedly outraging the modesty of women”.
The organisations which included Memo AO Youth Association, Women Welfare Society of Higi Bagra, the Aalo unit of Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society, Pushi Bango Welfare Society and Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association have also demanded for a creation of police outpost in the circle so as to contain such growing crimes.