Editorial: Civil society bodies should act to stop rising heinous crimes

By Pradep Kumar
What happened to the social strata of this predominantly tribal state? – a serious question is being raised by observers after reports of frequent rape of minor girls poured in from various parts of Arunachal Pradesh.
Police had arrested two rapist accused of raping and murdering a five-year-old minor girl of Namgo village under Wakro circle of Lohit district whose mortal remains were found on Feb 19 after she went missing on Feb 12 last. However, the enraged public broke open the police station lock-up, drugged out both rapists, who had admitted to have committed the crime to police, to the market where they lynched them to death.
Another school teacher Thomas allegedly raised the modesty of a class-VI girl student at Yingkiong on February 20 and an agitated mob burnt down the police station to protest against the heinous crime though police had arrested the rapist.
When contacted, Yingkiong MLA-cum-RD Minister Alo Libang, when contacted, disclosed that he has directed Upper Siang district administration to conduct a thorough probe and award exemplary punishment to the guilty teacher.
In an effort to assuage the agitated masses, he said that he had exhorted them to allow the law to take its own course without interfering in any manner.
This was not the end, another report came from Daporijo that one Angu Gapak was arrested by police on Tuesday for allegedly raising the modesty of a class-VIII girl student of a Balwadi school.
The victim has complained of stomach pain on Monday and narrated the entire details to her mother. As the information reached public domain, the people caught the culprit forced him to walk in naked condition till the police station, where he was handed over to the police.
Local MLA Dikto Yekar, when contacted on Wednesday, confirmed the incident but expressed deep shock over the tragic incident.
Such incident was unheard of in this tribal society in the past. But with such heinous crimes on the rise, it is time for the civil society bodies to rise to the occasion and ponder seriously on factors responsible for such crimes and what measures should be taken to stop it.
APWWS urges GoAP to protect children
Meanwhile, the APWWS today condemned rape of another five-year-old girl at Yingkiong and an eight-year-old at Daporijo in the strongest terms and urged the GoAP to take strong measures to protect children from such heinous crimes.

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