A 17-year-old minor and 60-year-old women have been allegedly gang-raped by TMC supporters in the West Bengal post-poll violence for supporting BJP
By: N. Pooja Reddy
The 17-year-old minor claimed that she was gang-raped by 4 TMC workers on May 9th. She contended that the TMC workers were heard saying that the rape was a mark of ‘lesson’ for supporting BJP. She stated that she was raped for more than an hour and was assaulted.
She also stated in her application that TMC workers threatened her family members against complaining by saying that they will burn down their farms and even kill them.
The 60-year-old was allegedly gang-raped by TMC workers at her residence and she stated that all her valuables from her house were stolen. She also alleged that she was gang-raped in front of her 6-year-old grandson.
“While the history is replete with gruesome instances where rape was employed as a strategy to terrorise the enemy civilian population and to demoralise enemy troops, but never have such cruel crimes been committed against a woman citizen for her or her family’s participation in the democratic process. Not merely the said crimes were facilitated by the inaction of the state authorities/police, but what was shocking is post crime humiliation that the rape survivors were subjected to, for their perceived audacity in reporting the crime,” the application filed said.
The application also questioned the conduct of the Police in investigating the case as they filed an FIR against one out of the 5 named persons.
Both the applicants moved to the Supreme Court seeking the intervention of a Special Investigation Team regarding the matter.