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Mizo girl accuses CIJWS jawans of rape

Four NGOs have alleged that a Mizo girl was raped by two jawans of the counter insurgency school in Mizoram's Kolasib district.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Aizawl
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2004 01:23 PM IST

Four NGOs on Tuesday alleged that a Mizo girl was raped by two jawans of the Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) in Mizoram's Kolasib district when she was returning from a church prayer.

The NGOs, including the Young Mizo Association (YMA) and the Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (MHIP) or Mizo Women Federation, alleged that on October 24 night, a 20-year-old girl, walking home from service in the United Penticostal Church at Vairengte was assaulted and raped by two army men on the National Highway 54, inside the CIJWS area.

Two boys, accompanying the girl, were also physically assaulted by the jawans, they alleged, adding the Bible she was carrying was snatched and thrown away.

The girl filed an FIR at the Vairengte police station on October 25 but withdrew it the next day, police said.

Kolasib District Superintendent of Police Lalbiakthanga Khiangte said, "it might amount to a case of molestation, but not rape. The victim was not even medically examined."

The girl did not identify the molesters and the case was not pursued as she withdrew the FIR, he said, adding the CIJW School authorities apologised to the victim and her family and even paid compensation.

The NGOs said their team would visit Vairengte this week and chalk out its course of action, including making a complaint to President APJ Abdul Kalam "to pressurise the Centre to shift the CIJW School from the state."

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