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Aug 12, 2010 at 03:07pm IST

Molested teenager paraded naked in Bengal

Birbhum: In a shocking incident of molestation, a tribal teenage girl from a West Bengal village was molested and paraded naked three months ago, while the police turned a blind eye to it.

Despite continuous media coverage, the police failed to nab the culprits and have been able to arrest only six of the 12 accused so far. The State Human Rights Commission has stepped in and now taken the matter in their hands.

The 14-year-old girl was stripped, beaten up and forcefully paraded naked in three villages of Bengal's Birbhum district. The villagers suspected her of having an affair with a boy outside her tribe.

“They found me talking to a boy and attacked me. They beat me up, forced me to strip and made me do rounds of the villages in that manner. I asked for water. They denied. The panchayat pradhan’s son-in-law Chanda was involved,” the victim said.

However, when confronted, the president of the panchayat whose son-in-law is an accused, feigned complete ignorance and tried to shy away from the matter.

The woes of the girl were not to end there.

Fearing a backlash, her family refused to take her back. They relented only after the administration promised them a security cover. The state women’s right’s commission has now decided to send a team to investigate the incident, while the state human rights commission has asked for a report.

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