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Friday, November 9, 2012

Rape victim seeks help from SP

Malda November 8, 2012: Lured with a plot of land in cheap price, an ICDS worker was allegedly raped. She was also cheated with Rs 70000. Worse, the police refused to lodge any complaint labeling the woman as ‘prostitute’. The victim now knocked the door of Police Super.    

Inhabitant of village Nandinadaha under Bamangola Police Station, the worker of Centre No 75 of ICDS had first married a person about seven years back with whom she had a daughter. But after two years she was abandoned by her husband. Later she married one Chhote Singh of Bamangola who had been away in Uttar Pradesh for his work. Now the woman lived with three daughters two of whom were of second husband. Of late she was trying to buy a plot to build her home. In this connection she came in touch with one Susanta Burman of Bamangola. He showed him a plot behind Pakuahat College which cost Rs 90000. She reportedly gave Burman Rs 70000 as an advance as claimed. However, since then Burman was not found in the locality.

Search for him revealed that Burman had another house at Old Malda. Accordingly, the lady came to that house on 22 October but Burman was not there and the house was locked. She kept on waiting in the verandah. “But at night Susanta came when I was asleep and overpowered me. I was raped. With my scream neighbours rushed in and Susanta had scampered away leaving his motorcycle back”, she said. “I came to know from the neighbours that Susanta had earlier spoiled lives of many women”.

Burman earlier had identified himself as the INTTUC worker. Thus the victim approached the TMC office but of no avail. On 26 October, she went to Mangalbari Police Outpost but the police were not ready to accept the complaint. After repeated approach to police the woman finally got the refusal as police called her prostitute. Today she came to Police Super of the district along with the Association Protection of Democratic Right (APDR) activists. Jishnu Roychoudhury of APDR said, “Police are trying to shield the fact. Today the complaint was lodged to SP. We’ll wait for some days before approaching to court or Human Rights Commission.”

SP, Malda Jayanta Pal said, “We have got the complaint and looking into the matter.”  

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