Baghmara ( Meghalaya), July 19: In another horrendous case of sexual assault of a minor, 4 persons were arrested from the district of South Garo Hills (SGH) after they lured and then sexually assaulted a minor.
More horrifically, after the crime was reported to the police, a doctor at the Williamnagar Civil Hospital, the closest hospital to where the incident took place refused to perform a medical on the medical citing jurisdiction problems. She had to later be taken to Baghmara, more than 5 hours away for a medical check to be done on her.
As per reports, the minor girl was called by one of the boys who she knew and asked to come for a ride. When she got into the vehicle with them, she found another 3 men in the same car after which she was waylaid to a nearby graveyard where they took turns in sexually assaulting her.
The matter was reported to the police yesterday after the incident took place though the 4 accused managed to give the slip to the police. They were however arrested this morning after a frantic search.
The incident took place at about 10 PM yesterday, Jul 18.
“They fled when they saw the police party approach but were arrested this morning. We have booked them under various sections of the law and under the POCSO Act. The case is currently being investigated,” said district police chief, Rithuraj Ravi S.
Meanwhile, confirming the refusal of the Williamnagar Civil Hospital from performing a medical, the SP stated that the matter is being taken up with the health department.
“This is a case of gross injustice to the victims by government doctors. This cannot be allowed to happen,” said Ravi.
Incidentally the current refusal is not the first of its kind with another victim of sexual assault also facing a similar issue two months ago.