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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Another Malda cop accused of humiliating a tortured housewife

Malda, 10 February, 2015: Cop personnel in the district do not seem to have taken any lesson even from the incident of being beaten with slippers only 72 hours back for allegedly throwing lewd remark at a housewife who went to Bhaluka police outpost to lodge a complaint. One similar complaint against another police officer was lodged with the SP Prasun Banerjee today by another housewife who alleged that an assistant sub inspector (ASI) of Mothabari police outpost in Kaliachak police station Obaidur Islam had questioned her character as she went to lodge a complaint against torture by her husband and in-laws. SP has assured the woman to look into the complaint.

The housewife Yeasmin Bibi from Amritala village of Gangaprasad gram panchayat in Kaliachak police station further alleged that the ASI of police Obaidur Islam even demanded bribe of Rs 10,000 of which she claimed to have already paid Rs 2,000. “But even then the ASI did not take any initiative to arrest the accused,” she said.

It has been learnt from sources Yeasmin Bibi, pregnant for eight months went to Mothabari police outpost on 25 January to lodge complaint against her husband Ziaul Sheikh, father-in-law Ali Sheikh, mother-in-law Zalesa Bibi and brother-in-law Bhodor Sheikh claiming that they had been torturing her physically and mentally for long.

“Initially police refused to accept the complaint. Later, with intervention of local Trinamul Congress leaders the complaint was registered. Even after that the ASI demanded bribe from me. As I could not comply with his demand, the ASI Obaidur Islam instead of arresting the accused questioned the sanctity of my character,” Yeasmin Bibi said.

“Though I was compelled to pay him Rs 2,000 later, the ASI pressurized me to withdraw the complaint. As I have no faith in local police, I today informed the SP the whole matter in writing and sought redress from him,” she added.
The aggrieved housewife and her mother at district police headquarter after lodging complaint with SP, Malda on Tuesday (Photo: Sudip Roy Choudhury)

Sarika Bibi, mother of the housewife said, “Her husband and in-laws drove my daughter from their house on 23 January. After effort to settle the matter her in-laws failed, Yeasmin went to lofge police complaint on 25 January. But the ASI Obaidur Islam misbehaved with my daughter and branded her as characterless. So, we knocked the door of the SP today.”

The accused ASI was not available for comment. SP Prasun Banerjee said, “Today a housewife and her family met me with her grievances against a police officer of Mothabari outpost. The matter is being seriously probed into.” 

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