GUWAHATI, Oct 28 - Taking serious note of the alleged sexual assault of a minor boy studying in Ashadeep Mental Society at Japorigog by a couple of staff and two senior students, � as also the police inaction in the matter even after nearly three months � the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has moved the Commissioner and Secretary, Social Welfare Department, Government of Assam.
In a letter to the Commissioner and Secretary, Social Welfare Department, the Chairperson-in-charge of the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Runumi Gogoi said that despite the lodging of an FIR with the Dispur Police Station on August 5 and submission of the photographs of the suspects, the police had failed to act, saying that they �cannot act against influential people.�
�The incident of rape of the specially-abled six-year-old boy (who had been studying at Ashadeep from 2012 till August 4, 2015) came to light on August 4 and a case was registered immediately the next day in view of the seriousness of the case. Medical examination of the boy also confirmed it to be a clear case of sexual assault. The Commission was also informed by the mother of the victim that this was not the first such incident in the Ashadeep premises, as her son was previously assaulted in the Ashadeep premises,� the Commission said in its letter.
The Commission added that �compared to other children, the child is able to communicate properly and it was he who informed the Commission that if he attends the school he will be punished in the same way. As such, from the month of August, his studies have been hampered because of the fear created in his mind.� The FIR was lodged with Dispur Police under Sec 6 of the POCSO Act as well as Sec 377 of the IPC.