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JKU dismisses ‘rape’ charges
DIMAPUR, AUG 11 (NPN):
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Published on 12 Aug. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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A day after Lotha Hoho, Chumukedima and Lotha Students’ union, Chumukedima alleged that a 22-year-old Lotha girl was raped in Chumukedima on August 4 last by one Thepfuzouto Angami, of Jakhama village, the Jakhama Kuda Union (JKU), Dimapur Wednesday dismissed the allegations terming it as “false, fabricated and intentional defamation.”
In a clarification note, the JKU president Vitho Zao and Vilakhoto Sophie claimed that it was a “consented sexual activity” and that there was no “conspiracy, intimidation, threat or force”.
The union stated that, the alleged victim, on being examined by doctors revealed was “not chaste and evidence of sexual activity present.”
According to signatories the accused and the alleged victim were neighbours and knew each other well. They also stated that the girl, who regularly drop and pick up her uncle’s school going children, on returning, often visited Thepfüzoto.
The union quoting the testimony of the accused said the girl had called him that day and thereby he had gone there along with his friend not knowing that her guardians were away. The JKU said Thepfüzoto’s companion one Mainingkum a.k.a Kumkum was innocent. Kumkum reportedly revealed that he had left the place on seeing them (boy and girl) “going together in a room willingly”.
Further, stating that the incident occurred on August 4, the JKU claimed the guardian of the girl reported the matter to Thepfüzoto’s father that his children narrated sexual activity committed by them only after some few days.
Also, pointing out that both the boy and girl were of same age (22-year-old), the union said the parents and elders of the boy had approached girl’s guardian and sought apology and requested for a “compromise” several times, realizing that “illicit love affair and sexual activity” was immoral, but the plea was rejected.
Meanwhile, the JKU has appealed to the public and authority to differentiate “rape” and “love affair” and provide justice accordingly.
Underlining that it would not solicit further “rejoinders” on the issue, the union said it left the case to the competent authority to deliver “honourable judgment.”

 
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