New Delhi: Many refugees of Nandigram have confirmed that they had been brutally raped. Fear looms large in her eyes, the fear of CPI-M cadres. Forty-year-old Akreja Biwi doesn't want to go back home anymore.
Last Sunday, as the CPI-M recaptured Nandigram, nearly 100 of the party cadres allegedly looted her house, raped her and her daughters. All her daughters have gone missing.
Akreja says, “They pulled her and raped her mercilessly, I have lost my daughters.”
It's an unparalled tragedy that is now unfolding in hospital wards in Nandigram and Kolkata. Those who managed to flee their homes speak of the torture they endured every night.
A resident of Gokul Nagar village says, “Women are not safe here. Every night women are being raped and they are not being able to come out.”
A couple of days later, a defiant West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee justified violence. He said his party had paid back in the same coin.
Caught in the war for control of Nandigram, are these innocent people, who not only have to face CPM cadres, but also official machinery that is refusing to act against rapists and murderers.