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Pradyot Manikya seeks justice for Sumila Ronghanpi; says Assam govt must act

AGARTALA: Tripura royal Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma, while seeking justice for Sumila Ronghanpi, a 12-year-old domestic help who was allegedly sexually abused and burnt to death by her employers, has urged the Assam government to intervene in the matter.

The Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) chief Pradyot Manikya in a post on Twitter tagged Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who also heads the state’s home department.

“What happened to Sumila is not just a shame but a dark reality on how young women girls are taken to urban places and kept as slaves #JusticeForSumilaRonghanpi The government of assam must act”, he wrote.

Sumila Ronghanpi, a 12-year-old minor who was working as a house help, was mysteriously charred to death on April 22 evening in Raha, Assam.

Prakash Borthakur, the patriarch of the family that she was working for, and his son Nayanjyoti Borthakur, were both arrested by police in Nagaon as investigation revealed that the victim had died before she was charred.

Later, Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) had claimed that the minor girl was sexually abused before getting killed which resulted in her pregnancy.

The victim was a resident of Sar Kro Kudam Ronghang village in West Karbi Anglong, Assam.

Also Read: Assam Governor Constitutes Enquiry Committee To Investigate Sumila Ronghangpi’s death

The latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data revealed that Assam registered 6,608 cases of crime against children in the year of 2019 which is the highest among any other Northeastern state of India, and it’s been increasing year after year.

Among these cases, there were 3 incidents of murder with rape, which was another highest number of cases that other Northeastern states as well.

Meghalaya, which was at the second position among the northeastern states recorded only 379 as compared to Assam.

Assam also registered 68 cases under Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act with 69 victims who fell into prey.

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