Gangtok: Family members of the 19-year-old girl who was allegedly raped and killed by a relative in Machong in East Sikkim earlier this month have demanded the harshest punishment for the culprit and said that he should not be allowed to reside in their village again.
The kith and kin of the deceased informed that they will soon submit a memorandum to the government demanding the harshest punishment and will not allow the culprit to live in the village as there is no guarantee that he will not repeat the crime.
They thanked the people of Sikkim, students of Sikkim University, the police and the government for their serious concern and speedy investigation of the case due to which the culprit was behind the bars.
On November 8, the deceased was found dead in a forest near her house in Machong, East Sikkim where she had gone to collect firewood. Subsequently, a case of unnatural death was registered under Pakyong police station. However, immediately after the post-mortem report, things took a major turn and the police registered a new case under criminal conduct of Sections 376 (rape)/302 (murder)/201 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
On November 14, sources in Sikkim Police informed EastMojo that one of the main accused, who happens to be a close relative of the deceased, had confessed to the crime and said that he strangled the victim with a rope. However, the actual reason behind the offence is still unknown.