Indian Army personnel rape a twelve year old girl in Assam
Name:- Miss Mamoni Koch. Age: 12 Yrs.
D/o:- Mr. Umesh Koch.
Dist.:- Sonitpur, Assam.
Background:- Student of class VII
Perpretrator:- Indian Army operating in the area and camped at Dhekiajuli
Industrial Centre (25 Punjub Regiment)
Date:- 25 July 1997.
Time:- 6 P.M.
Place:-Komarchuburi, Dhekiajuli, Sonitpur.
Registered Case No:- Dhekiajuli Police Station-150/97, u/s- 376/354 IPC.
25th July '97: A group of Army soldiers raided Village Komarchuburi
in search of an ULFA activist and forced every villager who could not hide or
was not bed-ridden to gather in the center of the village. When
this was going on, two Armymen
forcefully detained Miss Mamoni and her mother in their house. First, both
Army jawans tried to molest Miss Mamoni's mother, but she managed to
escape. Then one of the Army jawans picked up Miss Mamoni, took
her to the kitchen and raped her. When her sick grandmother tried to protect
Mamoni, one of the Army men kicked her with his boot. After the incident
the Army jawans gave a ten rupee note to Miss Mamoni.
Mr. Umesh Koch, father of Miss Mamoni, who was immediatly informed about
the incident by her wife, made a complaint to the officer in charge of the
operation. The Army officer called his group and the culprit was identified
by Miss Mamoni in front of the Army officer and other villagers.
Latter, Mr. Umesh Koch filed a case at the Dhekiajuli Police Station. The
Chief Judicial Magistrate of Sonitpur District also examined the F.S.L.
report. The Dhekiajuli Police recorded the statement of Miss Mamoni
Koch under 164 Cr.P.C. The case is pending at the court.(G R 997/97)
Local units of AASU (a student organization), AJYCP (a youth organization)
and Mohila Porishad (a women's organization) arranged wide public protests
demanding that officials punish the culprit and prevent such incidents in
the future. AJYCP
called for a local strike on 26th of July from 12 A.M. to 3 P.M. and
the AASU unit called for a 'black out' in the evening from 7 P.M.to 9 P.M.
On 25th of July hundreds of local women organized a protest rally in
front of the D.C.'s office and submitted a memorendum demanding the
punishment of the culprit.
The Army Brigadier Mr. K.K. Kohle, the Deputy commissionar and the Suptd. of
Police of the Sonitpur District also visit the house of Miss Mamoni Koch
to enquire the incident.