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On Feb 15 IBN Live reported:

A 37-year-old woman who was allegedly raped at gunpoint inside a moving car in Kolkata tracked down her rapists on social networking website Facebook and took snapshots of their photographs to file a complaint against them.

The rape victim then approached the police with the photographs of the alleged culprits from Facebook. However, she claimed that the police officials intimidated her when she approached them for the filing of an FIR.

On Feb 16 TOI reported unbelievable statements from the Chief Minister of West Bengal:

The claim of a Anglo-Indian woman that she was raped in a car in a posh locality here took a political hue today when chief minister Mamata Banerjee termed the incident as “contrived” and “intended to malign” her government.

“The incident is contrived and intended to malign my government. Truth will come out,” Banerjee told reporters.

Asked about the alleged involvement of the son of a former assembly Speaker, she said, “You have not written about it yesterday. Everything will come out.”

Commissioner of Kolkata Police R K Pachnanda said there were attempts to criticise the police and the state government over the incident but there were inconsistencies in the statements of the woman.

The woman had alleged she was raped in a car when she had taken a lift while returning from a night club in Park Street on February 5, but had registered a complaint four days later.

TOI reported elsewhere:

“The officer in charge asked me awkward questions in the name of investigation. He asked me how a woman could be raped inside a moving car. Then he wanted me to explain the posture in which the accused had raped me,” alleged the victim. The law – and basic decency – dictates that a rape victim be handled with sensitivity. But the victim says that some officers at Park Street police station taunted her for going to a nightclub and even tried to malign her character.

Police were also supposed to take her to the nearest government medical college for examination and then move court for forensic tests on the victim. But the victim went to NRS on her own for a medical test and police did not apply for forensic tests till February 10. The test was carried out only on February 14.

This delay could prove very costly because the night club where the gang allegedly approached the woman preserves CCTV footage for only four days. The incident happened on February 6 and even on February 10, the police had time to get the tape but they did not bother. They did not even bother to go through the CCTV footage of the hotel or the intersection where she was dropped.

On Feb 18, it turned out that the only conspiracy was Mamata Banerjee’s attempt to discredit a victim of a crime. NDTV reports:

Nine days after a woman in Kolkata filed a police complaint that she had been raped in a car at gunpoint on the night of February 5, a breakthrough has been made in the case. The Kolkata police have arrested two people – Nishad Alam, 25, and Sumit Bajaj, 21, – who have reportedly admitted to their involvement in the crime.

The breakthrough came after police studied CCTV footage of the parking lot of the hotel where the woman is seen with four men getting into a car which was identified as belonging to Sumit Bajaj.

The hunt is on for at least two others involved in the crime, including the rapist. The two men arrested will be produced in court tomorrow.

The victim had said she was offered a lift by a man who she had met at the night club. Initially, there were two men in the car. But when she got into the back seat, three other men got in. While one man assaulted her, the others allegedly held her down, she claimed. When she tried to raise an alarm, the men hit her and threatened her with a gun, she added. She said she was later thrown out of the car.

West Bengal seems to be a blighted state: no industry, no employment, abysmal health care, the tattered remnant of a hollowed-out system, and a chief minister who was voted in by an adulatory public only to turn into a megalomaniac who sees conspiracies in every failure of governance. That things happen in spite of these is a testament to the efforts of the good people who still manage to function within a rotten system.


Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

February 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm

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