A newly elected member of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) from the ruling Gana Suraksha Social gathering (GSP) is an accused in a minor lady’s alleged rape case, registered final 12 months, which had led to his arrest.
Ghanashyam Das, who gained from the Dihira seat, was sworn in on Tuesday as an government member of the council, which administers 4 districts, in presence of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Kokrajhar–the BTC headquarters.
In April final 12 months, police in Guwahati had arrested Das, who was a member of BTC at the moment as effectively, on costs of raping a 15-year-girl, employed as a home assist with a household within the metropolis’s Patharquari space.
“The matter got here to mild after the lady delivered a toddler at a non-public hospital and the kid welfare division was knowledgeable by authorities. Questioning of the lady revealed she was allegedly raped by Das,” stated Miguel Das Queah, a Guwahati-based baby rights activist.
Das had allegedly raped the lady on the pretext of averting some evil affect on her employer’s household.
Based mostly on the lady’s testimony, Queah had filed an FIR in opposition to Das and the BTC-member-cum-tantrik was arrested by the police on varied costs together with provisions of Safety of Kids from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. He was launched on bail just a few months later.
“The police filed its charge-sheet in opposition to Das in October final 12 months. The case is at framing of costs stage and trial is but to start. Within the meantime, Das managed to get elected from BTC once more,” stated Queah.
Considerably, the sufferer and her baby, who have been saved at a house for women in Guwahati, have been lacking for the previous few months.
“We’re planning to file a lacking particular person report this week looking for the whereabouts of the sufferer and her baby. We will even be sure that Das isn’t in a position to affect the sufferer,” stated Queah.
HT was not in a position to attain out to Das, who together with different members of the ruling coalition in BTC, is holed up in a Guwahati resort. President of GSP, Nava Sarania, who’s the Lok Sabha MP from Kokrajhar, didn’t reply to calls.