Meghalaya rape victim finally finds a school

The 16-year-old girl from Williamnagar in Meghalaya who was gangraped by a group of 18 persons — many of whom were minors

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published: April 1, 2013 12:33:47 am

The 16-year-old girl from Williamnagar in Meghalaya who was gangraped by a group of 18 persons — many of whom were minors — has finally found a school which has accepted her and has also provided her with hostel accommodation after several others denied her admission following the incident.

While the girl has been admitted to a new school,the district authorities as well as the schoolteachers organised a counseling session for the other girls of her class and hostel,telling them of the trauma and shock she had to undergo and how they could help her by being friendly to her.

“She has already joined the hostel and started attending classes with other girls of her age accepting her as one among them after we along with the schoolteachers conducted a counseling session for them,” V K Mantri,Deputy Commissioner of East Garo Hills district,told The Indian Express over the telephone on Sunday.

Mantri said while he had personally arranged for her admission charges,tuition fees and hostel expenditure,the school has also offered her a “heavy” concession. “The school in fact is feeling proud to have been given the responsibility of the girl who had to undergo such an experience for no fault of hers,” Mantri said.

The Deputy Commissioner also issued a warning through the local media to those who have been trying to intimidate her parents and exert pressure on them to withdraw the case against the perpetrators of the crime. “Those trying to exert pressure on the family must now understand that the case is being fought on her behalf by the government,” Mantri said.

The girl was raped by at least 18 persons while she was returning home from Simsang,a traditional winter festival of the Garo community on December 13. Interestingly,many of the perpetrators who were apprehended by the police within less than 48 hours turned out to be aged below 18. “Those boys have been sent to the juvenile home,” the Deputy Commissioner said.

Meanwhile,Meghalaya Social Welfare Minister Deborah Marak said in Shillong that the law would take its own course. State Home Minister Roshan Warjri,who was till recently chairperson of the state women’s commission,on the other hand said the culprits would be tried in a fast-track court.

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