Court issues non-bailable warrant to Meghalaya MLA accused of rape

Dorphang, a legislator from Mawhati and also the founding chairman of the outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) militant outfit absconded after police registered a case against him

Court issues non-bailable warrant to Meghalaya MLA accused of rape

A court in Meghalaya on Wednesday issued a non-bailable warrant against independent legislator Julius Dorphang, who has been accused of raping a 14-year-old girl.

Dorphang, a legislator from Mawhati and also the founding chairman of the outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) militant outfit absconded after police registered a case against him.

The matter first surfaced last month after a waiter at a guest house owned by Meghalaya Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh’s son was arrested for trafficking the victim.


The minor victim, who was rescued near the guest house last month, later told the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights that she was taken to many guest houses and hotels. The police were examining several angles on the role of all the accused in the sex racket case involving politicians.

The 14-year-old later gave the names of her traffickers to investigators, following which five people were arrested in connection with the case. On Tuesday, two civil society groups, including the powerful women's group, Civil Society Women's Organisation (CSWO), had asked police to issue a red alert for Dorphang and reiterated their demand for the resignation of Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh.

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