Girl awarded for bravery, fights with rapist till last

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Aizawl, Jan 26 (UNI) She was one of the few to have fought till the bitter end against the predator, who raped and killed this 14-year-old on September 14, 2006.

Lalrempuii, of Kawrtethawveng village in Mizoram, was today posthumously awarded the Geeta Chopra Award, 2007 at New Delhi for her courageous act.

However, appreciating the prestigious award, the State Council for Child Welfare here expressed their concern over the fact that the the culprit, who was responsible for Lalrempuii's death is still at large.

''Its been more than one year but no one has been chargesheeted yet,'' the committee's secretary Lalzarliani Hmar told UNI adding that a suspect was being remanded in the judicial custody.

She also stated even though the victim's DNA samples were collected, the police was still waiting for the results.

The CWC secretary also accused the state police of being too slow in chargesheeting the rapists.

''Its not only the case with Lalrempuii, several minors in the state were being raped and killed every month but the criminals are roaming free,'' human rights activist and committee menber Ruatfela Nu said.

The Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (MHIP), the state's largest women body, has recently exhorted the judiciary to ensure that rapists get rigorous punishment.

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