Sensation prevailed in the entire area after the body of a 13-year-old girl was found in the fields at Chongkham circle of Namsai district in Arunachal Pradesh.
Later it was found that the minor girl was raped and murdered by unidentified assailants.
According to Chongkham police station officer-in-charge (OC), the victim had gone to the field with her elder brother. The elder brother left for the market at Chongkham leaving his sister behind who insisted to stay back to play for a while.
When she did not return home for quite a long time, the family mebers along with other villagers launched a frantic seach and found the body of the minor girl in the field with her throat slit and injury marks on her body suggesting rape.
The OC informed the police have begun investigation and picked up few suspects for interrogation.
A student of Class 8, the young girl was on vacation.
Following the incident, several organizations and individuals have raised their voices against the heinous crime.
The All Tai Khampti Singpho Students’ Union (ATKSSU), the All Namsai District Students’ Union (ANDSU), the Namsai unit of the Women’s Welfare Society, the Mahila Welfare Society Chongkham, and the All Namsai Area Youth Association (ANAYA), besides other organizations and the public of Namsai held a candlelight march for the deceased and demanded justice.
A memorandum was also submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, wherein the organizations sought immediate arrest of those involved in the crime.
The organizations demanded registering a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, proper forensic tests to speed up the investigation and providing compensation to the kin of the victim.
The organizations also warned that if the administration and police fail to apprehend the culprit(s) within 15 days, they would hold a series of democratic movements in the district.
Meanwhile, deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has expressed deep anguish over the shameful incident and directed the Namsai district administration to take necessary steps to apprehend the perpetrators involved in the heinous crime at the earliest.