Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Rape being repeatedly used as a tool of terror


Gangrape slur on CPM six

Tamluk, Dec. 6: An anti-land acquisition activist was allegedly raped by CPM supporters in Nandigram on Friday.

The woman’s husband, a Trinamul Congress supporter, lodged a police complaint today accusing six local CPM workers of gangraping his wife in the presence of his 60-year-old mother.

Sahadeb Maity (name changed) alleged that the gang came to his house after most Trinamul men had fled the area following a series of CPM attacks. This was retaliation for a Trinamul bid to block the convoy of MP Lakshman Seth, who went to Nandigram to address a rally on Wednesday.

“We were so scared that we ran away to Tekhali. My wife and mother were at home. Around 2am on Friday, six CPM workers tied up my mother and raped my wife,” he said.

“We have started a case of rape and sent the woman for tests,” said East Midnapore police chief Ashok Prasad.

Rabindranath Maity, the head of the district hospital, said: “She didn’t have any external injury, but we won’t make any further comment.”

The CPM denied the party’s involvement in the alleged incident. “The allegations are baseless,” said district secretariat member Ashok Guria.

Sahadeb said the alleged rapists had threatened his wife and mother against going to the police. “The goons told them they would be killed if they spoke a word to anyone. So they did not venture out yesterday. My mother slipped out this morning and came to tell me about what happened.”