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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Woman Gang raped in Malda

MALDA, 9 MAY: A nearly 30 year old woman was picked up by some miscreants and gang raped at the outskirt of the town. The devastated victim was hospitalized and still under the trauma of the incident. The incident took place last night when the entire town was busy observing Tagore’s birthday.

It is learnt that housewife Barnali Chakraborty (real name) of Pirojpur under English Bazaar police station was out of her house for shopping last evening. When around 8.30 pm she came out of a shopping mall at busy Rathbari area on National Highway - 34, a car stopped beside her. There were five or six persons inside the car. She was forced to enter the car which sped off the area. She screamed but in vain.

Later she was taken to Narayanpur, about 5 km away from the town. There in a desolate place she was raped repeatedly by the miscreants. Around 1.00 am she was dropped at a place on Highway and the car left the spot. Police found the lady walking alone around 1.00 visibly distraught. On the face of enquiry, she divulged her experience. She was then taken to Malda Medical College and Hospital by police. Still undergoing treatment the lady was yet to recover from the shock.

Her husband a railway Employee Samar Chakraborty (real name) lodged a complaint of gang-rape this morning. It is learnt that Samar’s elder brother was a retired police personnel. Superintendent of police Jayanta Pal said, “It was evident that the woman was raped by more than one. Medical test has confirmed this. We have taken it seriously and are looking for the miscreants after getting the complaint.” However, he conceded that as the woman was not yet in the position to speak, details were not known.  “After getting details from her we might take help of the artist to draw sketches of the victims”, SP said.

Meanwhile sharp reaction was seen in the district over the incident. Ambar Mitra, district CPI-M secretary, said, “It is horrible. Never did Malda see such an instance of picking up a woman forcefully on the busy street in the evening. This itself proves the situation of law and order of the state. We are soon launching movement against the rising incidents against women.”

However, Sabitri Mitra, social welfare and women development minister and district Trinamul Congress president showed innocence of the incident. She said, “I haven’t heard of this. I’ll talk to police super take action immediately; such heinous crime cannot be ignored.”

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