Cops to grill accused; KSA demands stringent action

IMPHAL, 4th Oct: Even as the police secured five days’ remand of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) lab technician who is facing charge of outraging modesty of a minor girl, Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) demanded that there should be no leniency against the accused person.
Special Judge (POCSO) Court on Friday ordered five days’ police remand of the accused person namely Thokchom Surash (36), son of Kula of Keishamthong Moirangningthou Leirak.
Surash allegedly committed the heinous crime on a 12-year-old girl inside the ECG room of RIMS.
He was arrested by police on Thursday after registering a case based on a complaint filed by the victim’s family and produced before the court by a team of Lamphel police on Friday, wherein Investigating Officer of the case prayed to remand the accused to police custody for proper investigation. Accepting the prayer, the court remanded Surash to five days police custody.
Earlier, on getting the information that Surash will be produced before the court, family members of the rape survivor who hails from Lilong and irate locals stormed the police station in the morning. The accused was produced before the court with the help of additional forces and the protesters also headed towards Uripok Cheirap Court where they protested demanding that stringent punishment be awarded to Surash.
As the situation became tense, personnel of Imphal West district police came in and brought the enraged protesters under control. When the accused was brought out from the court complex and taken inside a police vehicle, the protesters jumped in and blocked the way but police took the accused away safely.
After returning from the court complex, the protesters again demonstrated in front of RIMS OPD asking the hospital authority to not shield the accused and ensure justice to the minor girl. Shortly, additional forces of Imphal West district police led by the district SP arrived and herded away the protesters from the hospital complex.
Meanwhile, contending that the incident of sexual assault on a 12-year old girl by the ECG technician took place due to negligence on part of the hospital authority, KSA cultural and women affairs secretary Loktongbam Leishembi Chanu has demanded stringent punishment of the person involved in the crime.
Addressing a press meet held at KSA office here Friday, Leishembi said that many people come to RIMS hospital due to their inability to afford private hospitals. However, if such incidents were to occur, it would be impossible for anyone to trust the hospital. This is due to the lackadaisical attitude of the hospital authority towards enforcing and initiating action under medical ethics and guidelines, she contended.
She continued that the unfortunate incident occurred when the ECG technician disregarded the rule to have a female nurse/attendant present inside the ECG room when female patients, whether young or old, have to get an ECG.
Demanding that befitting punishment be awarded to Surash for the crime, Leishembi said that KSA would not tolerate any attempts for compromise. She further demanded the accused be awarded stringent punishment that is far stricter than any person under the POCSO Act would receive.
The secretary then urged the Government to take up strict measure to prevent such incidents in future, and remove irresponsible persons, if necessary. KSA would not tolerate crimes against women and children, and would continue to fight against such injustice, she added. 

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