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Army jawan in lock-up in molestation case: GOC

An Army jawan has landed in lock-up after he was arrested on charges of molesting a girl in Sivasagar district in Upper Assam last month.

Written by Express News Service | Guwahati |
August 4, 2012 12:56:54 am

An Army jawan has landed in lock-up after he was arrested on charges of molesting a girl in Sivasagar district in Upper Assam last month. The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 2 Mountain Division located at Dinjan in Tinsukia district has assured that the guilty would be punished and the victim would get justice.

The incident took place on July 13 when a tribal girl was allegedly molested by a jawan of the 287 Field Regiment,which was deployed for rescue operations during the floods. The jawan,who was initially arrested by the police and produced before the Sivasagar Chief Judicial Magistrate,was handed over to the Army which instituted a court of inquiry.

The incident triggered protests in the district especially in the wake of the Guwahati molestation case which had attracted nation-wide attention. Several groups threatened to stage a naked demonstration demanding exemplary punishment to the Army man.

In an appeal to the All Tai-Ahom Students’ Union and various women’s groups that have taken to the streets,the GOC said,“He was put in the Army unit lock-up…. Judicial process has commenced to begin trial against the guilty. This would begin as soon as the sanction is received,which should be with us in a very short time.”

The appeal was issued as a press release by the defence PRO here.

Girl immolates self after molestation

A 15-year-old girl allegedly set herself ablaze on Friday,at her house in Bhagwatargh area,after she was molested by her neighbour,police said. “She was under depression after the molestation and took the extreme step,” SHO Surendra Singh said.

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