A young tribal woman was gangraped in South Dinajpur’s Kushmandi area on Saturday night.
Currently admitted in Malda Medical College Hospital in a critical condition, the woman was found with blunt metal objects inserted in her privates. Doctors have reported that she was raped multiple times by multiple people.
Reports say the tribal woman, said to be mentally unstable, was abducted from a neighbouring village near Ichamati river while she was on her way back from a Shivratri fair on February 17 evening.
She was found and rescued from under a bridge near Ichamati river over 18 hours later. Residents soon informed cops at the Kushmandi police station who recovered the victim and rushed her to the Raiganj government hospital. The hospital formed a six member medical board which performed an emergency surgery on her.
An Ananda Bazar Patrika report says the woman was found with “her innards falling out of her privates”, and was rushed to a local hospital in Kushmandi.
“We came to know that a tribal woman was gangraped in the area. It shocking how brutally she was assaulted that even parts of her intestine had come out. We want the perpetrators to be booked at the earliest or else we will go for an agitation,” said Budhan Hembram, a local resident.
From there she was taken to Raiganj district hospital, where doctors discovered “blunt objects” inserted in her privates. Out of their depth, the doctors here then referred her to Malda Medical College. Doctors who attended her say that perpetrators had inserted an iron rod into the victim’s private parts and a section of her intestine had reportedly come out
On Monday, doctors conducted three more operations on the victim who is now fighting for her life at the Malda medical college hospital. Police have arrested two persons in connection to the case, a carpenter from Kushmandi and another person from Itahar.
HUNT FOR SUSPECTS UNDERWAY
Hunt for four more people suspected to be involved in the crime is underway. On Tuesday, a district court sent the two arrested accused to eleven day police custody. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is on a tour of Malda visited the hospital and spoke to doctors about the condition of the victim and assured full support.
Meanwhile, local MP from Raiganj and CPI(M) leader Md Salim accused the state administration of failing to provide adequate safety to women.
“It is a shameful and heinous act, one that can’t be imagined taking place in Bengal which has a woman chief minister. It reminds us of the Nirbhaya case in Delhi. On one hand centre fails to utilize the Nirbhaya fund and here in the state anti-socials are on a free run under the TMC rule,” Salim said.
Tribal activists have raised concern over the delay in treatment, questioning as to why she was shifted from one hospital to another over a period of two days.