On Tuesday, Kaliyaganj in North Dinajpur district of West Bengal turned into a battle field after a scuffle took place between the members of Tapashili/Rajbongshi o Adivasi Samanay Committee. The members were protesting against the inefficient West Bengal state government that tried to prove the gangrape of the 17-year old girl as suicide.
Earlier in the day, protesters gheraoed the Superintendent of Police’s office at the Uttar Dinajpur district headquarters, Raiganj. The protest in Raiganj was BJP-organised. Police had to fire tear gas shells and lathi charge to restore law and order in the town as they faced stone-pelting.
The administration even tried to cajole the family members of the victim to sit for a settlement. Village had turned into a battle field last week when the police unleashed brutality on protesters and dragged the dead body of the girl like cattle.
National Commission National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) Chairman, Priyank Kanungo, who had visited the village and filed his report said, “The state government did not cooperate with us. I would like to tell the state Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Minister, Shashi Panja, that she is lying as there were enough evidence of rape.” The NCPCR Chairman expressed dismay over the attitude of the Mamata Banerjee government over the regular crimes taking place against women and girls in the state.
A case has been filed under IPC Section 302 (Murder) and Protection of children from sexual offences (POCSO).
A class X girl from Rajbongshi (Adivasi) community was raped and killed in Kaliyaganj, North Dinajpur district of West Bengal. The girl went for tuitions and had gone missing on April 20, 2023. She could not be traced the entire night. Her dead body was recovered from a pond in the area on Friday morning by locals. Her cloths were torn. It was clear from the marks that she had been brutally gangraped. The girl is the resident of Gangua village near Saheb Ghata in the district’s Paloibari area.
It seems people have gone on an overdose of Viagra. Rapes and gangrapes are becoming a cult trend and rarely the victim is left to survive. Still, there are no sign of stringent most punishment that is required.
The fresh case has come from Deoria, Uttar Pradesh. A girl originally from Bihar having her family in Delhi was going to Betia in Bihar from Delhi. Due to some reasons she had got down at Bhatparni Station in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh in the night. Two strangers – Deepak and Rohita confronted her and assured safe stay. They took her and gang-raped. She was left in a semi conscious state in a pool of blood when the police recovered her.
The police immediately came into action and lodged an FIR and nabbed both the accused. The girl is critical and is undergoing treatment at the hospital.
There are a few missing links which needs to be connected. One, inspite of repeated requests and warnings by the police not to trust strangers especially on railway stations, the victim decided to move with totally strangers according to prima facie reports. Two, she was to board the train for Bihar, then why did she leave the station at the night. Why not wait at the platform for the next train. However, inspite of all the ‘missing-links’, I totally condemn the incident as no civilised society will support or can support raping a girl no matter she gets down at a allien place or railway station or trusts strangers.
It’s high time stringent most punishment should be given to these people. There is no fear factor and it is the need of the hour.
Finally, I assume that these rapists are residents of Uttar Pradesh, will the state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath bull-dose their houses.
I sometimes wonder if news of rapes, gang-rapes, molestation, eve-teasing and stalkings too are optional or circumstantial for the media or PRESS to cover. Sorry, I know I too am from the same fraternity but can’t help asking when I came across this shameful incident. I did carry in my official news bulletin but honestly I too had no knowledge of the incident till I read this in a local vernacular PRESS and I thank the newspaper for atleast showing the guts to cover the news. If you ask me why am I so much sarcastic. The answer is simple, I saw the media and PRESS going overboard when Jyoti Singh Pandey was gang-raped and was subjected to brutality. She died due to the brutality.
Well, if you still wonder who is Jyoti Singh Pandey, then she is that hapless girl who was the first in her family to have studied and was aspiring to become a nurse… Still wondering? Not your fault as the media, fraternity, had called her by many names to market the story the next day – ‘Amanat’, ‘Damini’, ‘Delhi Brave Heart’, and ‘Nirbhaya’, the name that became cult and all then on call the poor girl who waned to survive by ‘Nirbhaya’.
Why I am raising the issue? Actually, few days ago a similar incident had taken place in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh. A scheduled caste minor girl was gang-raped on her way back home from tuition. Villagers found her body without proper cloths. She was dead. Not just this, iron rod was inserted in her private parts. The matter spruced up anger among the villagers and they demanded a probe. The doctors conducting postmortem prepared slides after videography after which the brutality was confirmed.
Her father who is a Shiksha Mitra member raised fingers at his neighbour Sujit Kumar. After initial probe, police nabbed Kumar under section 02 (murder), 376A (brutality), 34 (plan to kill). Mother of the victim who is a Asha worker was away on her duty.
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