Kohima, Jan 22 : A 10-year old girl was allegedly raped repeatedly, the last on the 17th, by a 50-year old man in Niuland sub-division under Dimapur district. Sources said that the rape-accused, identified as one Zhetokhu Yeptho, aged 50 and of Phuye Old village, was apprehended by civil organizations of Niuland and paraded before being handed over to the police.
Niuland Sumi Totimi Hoho today informed that the organization along with GBs and DBs and public leaders apprehended the perpetrator and handed him over to police.
Police sources said the victim was brought to the house of Zhetokhu by her father on January 9 to help with domestic work. Zhetokhu reportedly promised to pay Rs 200 per month, besides providing her food and clothing.
On the said day, he also paid Rs 3000 to the victim’s father and promised to look after the girl.
However, on January 13, Zhetokhu brought the girl to Dimapur on the pretext of buying her some clothes, but took her to one hotel, where they stayed for the night.
On the same night, Zhetokhu raped the girl thrice and again in the morning before going back to Niuland. Police said the perpetrator did not buy any clothes for the girl, instead threatened her not to disclose anything to anybody.
Again on January 16 and 17, the girl was raped inside Zhetokhu’s house when his wife went to sleep.
However, on January 18, the girl fled to one of her aunt’s house and narrated the whole incident, which was reported to a women’s group in Niuland.
This morning, a large number of women gathered and took out Zhetokhu and paraded him in Niuland town. He was later handed over to the police. Later in the afternoon, he was brought to Dimapur’s women cell, where he confessed to his crime.
Sources said Zhetokhu has grandchildren of the victim’s age. The minor girl was also sent for medical examination, which confirmed rape.
The NSTH meanwhile cautioned any person or groups from attempting to release the accused on bail. Any person attempting such will be doing so at own risk.
The NSTH would be forced to take an own course of action, a note from the women hoho cautioned.
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