Dumka: Days after Basant Soren, CM Hemant Soren’s brother and JMM candidate for Dumka bypolls, called for mob-justice for rapists, another MLA from the tribal party on Monday said parents of girls and easy access to mobile phones and internet are responsible for any rape attempt on them.
Addressing a press conference in Dumka as part of his party’s campaign for the bypolls, JMM’s Borio MLA Lobin Hembrom said, “The rising incidents of rape and gang-rape are testimony to the negligent approach of parents towards their daughters. They allow their daughters to move out of home even after dusk.”
Hembrom, a former minister and senior JMM leader, was responding to a query on the recent gang-rape of an 11-year-old in Dumka on October 16. He said access to mobile phones is also a reason for a spike in such incidents. “Boys and girls often cross socially-accepted lines because they have easy access to internet and mobile phones. Their parents remain in the dark over their children’s conduct,” he said.
Hembrom also called for Bithlaha, a form of social punishment where the accused’s family is ostracized and their properties are confiscated or damaged, as punishment for rapists. “The society should come together to resolve the menace of rape by invoking Bithlaha against the culprits,” he said at the press meet that had Rajmahal MP Vijay Hasda and Gandey MLA Saba Ahmad in attendance.
Meanwhile, police are still to make any formal arrest in the Dumka gang-rape case so far. Hembrom said police should be given time to investigate so that innocent people are not booked due to political pressure.

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