Sexual abuse of child: Civil society takes out protest rally to express anguish

Civil society taking out massive protest rally at Leh on Thursday. -Excelsior/ Morup Stanzin
Civil society taking out massive protest rally at Leh on Thursday. -Excelsior/ Morup Stanzin

Excelsior Correspondent
LEH, June 22: Expressing deep concern and anguish over alleged sexual abuse of a six year old boy by hostel warden at Shey Lamdon Middle School, Civil Society Alliance on Child Rights took out a massive peace protest rally here today.
Holding placard and banners, hundreds of students, drawn from different school and civil society members, headed by religious heads, participated in the peace protest rally, which commenced from Chokhang Vihara and passed through main bazaar before culmination at Polo Ground.
Religious leaders, including LBA president Tsewang Thinles, Anjuman Moin-Islam vice president Dr Noor Din, Anjuman Imamiya president Ashraf Ali Barcha and Christian Association president Dechen Chamga addressed the gathering at Polo Ground. They sought stringent punishment and set up of fast tract court to give speedy justice to the victim’s family. Later they also submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner, Leh.
In the memorandum, Civil Society strongly urged the District administration to intervene in this case to bring the culprit to the book speedily and stringent action be taken against them to bring justice to the victim. District administration was requested to take steps to protect the victim from harassment in the process so as to safeguard his future. Further it was requested that the Education Department should provide counselling facilities to the child and to his family.
Civil Society also demands to provide training for teachers in all schools including residential institutions on the safety and security on an urgent basis and early implementation of ICPS in the District.
District Magistrate Prasanna Ramaswamy G, termed the incident as rarest case and said that law will give exemplary punishment to set an example in the society. He also assured to find out who had allowed the child to stay with the accused warden and added that guilty would not be spared.
Meanwhile J&K Ladakh Affair & Cooperative Minister Chering Dorje, who visited SNM hospital, said that he will take all necessary steps to ensure proper Counselling and proper Education of the student.
Matho Area Councillor Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, in a letter addressed to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, has demands to set up fast track court for early justice.