Assam women allegedly drugged, raped in Meghalaya; accused arrested
Guwahati: A woman from Assam was allegedly drugged, raped, and dumped in the forest by a cab driver in Meghalaya in January this year.
The victim was reportedly on her way to NEHU from her hometown Guwahati, Assam. Police arrested one accused in connection with the case.
The incident was brought to the light on Twitter by activist Megha Kashyap, who claims to be a friend of the victim.
Megha on Friday posted several Tweets urging the police to investigate the matter and help the victim, whose identity was not disclosed.
According to Megha, a case was registered at the Jhalupara Police Station but initially, police did not take any action. Although an FIR was registered in the case, no chargesheet was filed.
In her tweet, Megha tagged Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma and Meghalaya Police and wrote, “a friend of mine was drugged, raped and dumped in a forest in Meghalaya in Jan when she was traveling to her NEHU hostel from Guwahati. She has been constantly retraumatized by the system and police who refuse to help her”.
She also alleged that they reached out to Meghalaya police but they keep turning them down. The police also did not provide the victim her medical reports, alleged Megha.
Megha’s Tweets have caught the attention of Meghalaya Congress MP Ampareen Lyngoh who assured proper investigation into the matter.
Lyngoh in a reply to Megha’s Tweet wrote, “I am terribly sorry to hear this. Can you DM me the FIR number? I will take this up on priority”.
The MLA later directed the director general of Meghalaya Police to take the case on priority.
Upon arresting the accused, the MLA informed the development to Megha via Twitter. “Director General of Police @MeghalayaPolice has informed that accused has been arrested and that procedure for chargesheet will be completed by Tuesday.”