In yet another incident of crime against women in West Bengal, a pregnant woman was allegedly gang raped by three youths at Durgapur’s Rajbandh on February 21. This has been the second incident of rape in and around Durgapur in less than 10 days.
One may recall that on February 13 a tribal woman was allegedly gang raped by two youths in Durgapur’s Kanksa, a day before Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visits Kanksa to inaugurate the second ‘Mati Utsav’.
The women who had left her Purulia home with her husband following a squabble with her in-laws was allegedly gang raped by three youths who had promised the couple jobs while travelling on a train.
The jobless couple had got off the Purulia-Burdwan passenger train at Rajbandh station near Durgapur around 8 pm on Friday night after the three youths whom the couple got introduced to in the train promised them work at local factories.
Police sources said the three youths had struck up a conversation with the couple after the two boarded the train from Jaychandi station, 5 Km from Purulia town.
After coming out of the station, the youths allegedly took the couple to a deserted stretch in an auto rickshaw. There the three youths assaulted, thrashed and chased away the husband and raped his 23-year-old pregnant wife near the Rajbandh canal.
Police rescued the woman from near a bush a little distance from the station early yesterday morning and sent her to Durgapur sub-divisional hospital. But the women had so far declined to undergo a medical test.
A police officer said: “The youths had promised the couple jobs. After taking them to the side of a canal, they chased away the husband. Then they took turns to rape the woman, according to the complaint lodged by the couple.”
Repeated incidents of rape in the Durgapur belt have caused severe anguish among the residents. Local residents along with CPM leadership showed agitation over the incident and have asked the police to ensure justice to the victim.
CPM Burdwan district secretariat member Bireswar Mandal demanded stricter vigil in the region.
The Burdwan SP, Mr S M H Meerza said a case of gang rape case had been started against the trio, who are yet to be arrested. “The woman has refused to undergo the medical examination needed to confirm rape,” Mirza added.