Recently, a 14-year-old girl from Hanskhali area of Nadia district in West Bengal was allegedly gangraped at the birthday party of a Trinamool Congress leader’s son. The girl reportedly passed away from excessive bleeding the very next day and was cremated in a hurry. Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee’s statement questioning whether the deceased had a love affair with the accused has earned her a lot of flak. National Commission For Women too has criticised the CM for her insensitive remarks.
Banerjee in her statement over the case had said on Monday, “Was it rape? Or did she get pregnant after an affair? Have they inquired?” She also added that the girl died on April 5 and the police came to know on April 10. If she died on April 5 and if there was a grievance, why did her family not go to the police on the day of the incident? “They cremated the body! Where will the police get the evidence?” she asked
NCW Chief On West Bengal Gangrape Case and Mamata Banerjee’s remark
Slamming Banerjee for targeting the deceased minor and her family, National Commission For Women Chief Rekha Sharma said on April 13, “Her (Banerjee) statement over the incident is very unfortunate. Being a woman, she should understand the pain of another woman. She pointed fingers at the victim, it was wrong.”
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Meanwhile, the parents of the deceased girl alleged that her body was cremated because of the pressure from Samar Goala, who is a member of the local gram panchayat and affiliated with TMC. The main accused in the case, 21-year-old Brajgopal Goala is Samar Goala’s son.
Apart from the main accused, the police have arrested one more person in connection with the case. His name is Prabhakar Poddar and his arrest was made by the police based on Brajgopal Goala’s statement.
The case has caused widespread outrage in the state wherein the opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari has demanded the imposition of Article 355, which deals with the emergency provisions through which the centre can intervene and protect the state in case of internal disturbance or external aggression, of the Indian Constitution on the state.