An 18-year-old in Meghalaya, who was gangraped last December, has been denied admission in schools due to the stigma around her. The sixteen accused on the case - both adults and minors - are undergoing trial at a local court. However, there has been immense pressure from the accused's family to withdraw the case.
The girl's family was forced to shift towns to escape harassment and is now being denied admission by new schools, reported CNN-IBN.
Two schools in Tura town in Meghalaya have already refused admission to the gangrape survivor, but Meghalaya State Commission for Women (MSCW) assures that they will soon find a school for the girl.
The teenager was gangraped in a lane at Williamnagar in Garo Hills on the night of 13 December, 2012.
Bleeding and semi-conscious, on that December night she was dropped off to her home by two boys. "I was coming back from the winter festival with two other friends. A group of boys chased us. I ran and fell down. They hit me with a stone. I fell down and then they tore my clothes and raped me. I recognized the two boys," she had told CNN-IBN.
All that the young girl and her parents wanted was justice. "It is a shame that boys from our community did this. My daughter should get justice," said the survivor's mother.
But, forget justice, things have become worse for the victim and her family.
The girl has been photographed by the family members of the alleged rapists and she has been also been threatened to withdraw the case.
Wanting to start afresh, with the help of student organisations, the girl moved to Tura to take admission in a new school. But schools refused to give admission to her.
All the 16 boys have been arrested. Eight of them are in juvenile custody and eight in jail. The trial has begun, but Williamnagar does not have a fast-track court. The case was overshadowed by the Meghalaya elections too.
"While the family has shifted her to another town, at least one school in the new place is denying her admission on various grounds," Agnes Kharsiing of Civil Society Women's Organisation (CSWO), a Shillong-based NGO that works for women's rights in Meghalaya told Indian Express.
"One of the accused is related to a state minister. It is from this person's family that the victim's family has been under pressure. They are intimidating the girl's family," she alleged.
Updated Date: Mar 26, 2013 16:01:29 IST