TURA, April 23 - A 15 year-old minor was allegedly raped by another 15 year-old juvenile in Haripur village under Phulbari Police Station in West Garo Hills.
The delayed report of rape was reported only on April 12, about 10 days after the incident. Villagers, on discovering the incident, tried to get the two married off. The marriage fell through after a demand for an auto-rickshaw was made by the boy from the family of the girl he raped.
The FIR filed by the girl stated that on March 31, while she was on her way to school, the accused stopped her and threatened her at knife point to come along with him. She was then locked in a room by the boy for three days and raped five times.
�Only when I cried to be released did he drop me at my aunt�s place in the village where I was confined. Mu aunt then called my parents. The villagers too heard about the incident and a meeting was called,� said the FIR.
According to sources, the mother of the victim agreed to get the two married off as per the directions of the village elders. However, things fell through when the boy made a dowry demand. The father, who works in Guwahati, incidentally objected to the marriage. An FIR was filed thereafter at Phulbari PS on April 12.
�Immediately after we received the FIR, we rushed to arrest the accused but he was absconding. A medical examination was done on the girl and a case filed for rape. We went twice to apprehend the accused but he was able to slip away both times. Police are working on the case,� said a police source.
In another incident, a 17 year-old boy of Chibinang was apprehended by police of Phulbari police station in West Garo Hills district, after he was caught raping a 14 year-old minor. The incident occurred on April 14 and the juvenile was produced in Court the same day.
Police said, the boy was caught in the act in Bholarbitha village by villagers when the girl raised an alarm. A case was later registered at Phulbari PS.
�The accused is currently in a remand home for boys. A Medical examination of the girl has confirmed the sexual act,� said the police source.