Rape Accused NPP MLA From Meghalaya Gets Bail

Rape Accused NPP MLA From Meghalaya Gets Bail

National People's Party (NPP) MLA Thomas Sangma, who is accused of rape, has been granted anticipatory bail by a lower court.

Sangma was granted bail on condition of not going missing or leave the state without prior notice. He was also asked to maintain distance from the plaintiff.

Earlier last week, an FIR was lodged against the MLA under IPC section 376 for rape and section 506 for criminal intimidation for allegedly raping the victim on several occasions.

"He has been raping me on the pretext of getting married from January 2020 till 17 April 2021," the victim stated.

The victim said she and her friend were invited at the Magnum hotel in Shillong early last year. Sangma offered them alcohol, after which she fell unconscious.

"My friend and I drank the wine, and we spent some time in the hotel. After consuming the wine, I felt sleepy and became unconscious," she said.

The victim mentioned that Sangma had raped her on that day. She was unable to file an FIR as she was threatened. Moreover, Sangma promised to marry her, she said.

Sangma also said he would divorce his wife soon and marry her.

"Therefore, with a genuine trust, I agreed to have an affair with him, but I never knew that he was blabbing only to satisfy his lustful desire and to have sex with me on the pretext of getting married," the victim said in her statement.

She also alleged that she got pregnant and Sangma asked her to abort the baby.

Further, the victim said she had been staying with Sangma and on April 17, he left her.

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