Thursday, January 23, 2014

Crime against women on rise in WB

Since Mamata Bannerjee came to power in West Bengal, the lawlessness, goondaism of ruling TMC cadres and crime against women are on rise without any check. Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee being a woman must show sensitivity to the safety and security of women. She must act without any delay to ensure the stringent punishment to rapists so that a message goes out that crime against woman is intolerable for the Chief Minister. But in contrary to safety and security to women in the state, it appears that there is free for all against them in Mamata Bannerjee government. It is very shameful that the rape of one woman after another takes place at frequent intervals in the state when a woman is at the helms of affairs. It is also very shameful that in the age of modernity and liberalism, the medieval practice is being practised without any fear of the state government in West Bengal. The Salishi Sabha on the model of Khap Panchayat in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana ordered the girl to be gang raped only because she failed to pay the fine of Rs. 50,000 for falling in love with the boy outside her community. This is the blatant violation of the freedom of woman in West Bengal. Very recently a lady working at fitness centre was raped and before that Mdhyagram 16 -years- old girl was raped and compelled to commit suicide by setting herself ablaze alive, the news about which appeared prominently in all national dailies and the entire nation felt extremely shameful over the incidents like these against women in West Bengal. The failure of the West Bengal Government is felt everywhere in the state. The gang-rape of the tribal girl on the order of Salishi Sabha belongs to Birbhum district which also happens to be the home district of President of India Mr. Pranab Mukherjee. The incident of Madhyagram rape and murder of the girl was brought to the notice of the President Pranab Mukherjee. The father of the victim met President and apprised him of the lawlessness in West Bengal. Criminals and Trinamool toughs are ruling the roost there The trend of rising violence against woman is alarming in the state. West Bengal being the home state of President Mukherjee, people of the state want to intervene through Governor of the state to direct the government to take stern measures against rapists and perpetrators of crime against women in the state. Trinamool Congress supremo and WB Chief Minister was voted to power only because the people of the state had become disillusioned with the previous Left Front government, which was in power for 32 years. The disillusionment with the Left Government among the people grew after 32 years, but it is evident in only two years with the Mamata Bannerjee government of Trinalmool Congress. The Kangaroo- court style justice delivered against a 20 year-old girl that she be gang-raped is not only abominable but also reflects the regressive mindset taking root in West Bengal society under Mamata Bannerjee regime. The girl was allegedly gang-raped on the orders of a salishi sabha, the state’s equivalent of khap panchayats.The police suspect as many as 12 persons raped the young woman. The ruling Trinamool Congress has been battling a series of sex crimes against women over the past two years. West Bengal topped states in crimes against women in 2011 and 2012, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau.

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