Stripping of two tribal women: In another shocking incident, days after two tribal women were allegedly “stripped naked and mercilessly thrashed” in West Bengal’s Malda and the police took no action and remained “mute spectators”, the BJP on Saturday accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of targeting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for failing to provide security to women in the state.
The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress party, in its response, said that the BJP was unnecessarily politicizing the issue. The women were caught stealing, causing an outcry among the local people. BJP’s IT department chief Amit Malviya on Saturday posted on Twitter an alleged video that has surfaced on social media, which he claimed took place on July 19 at Pakua Haat, the weekly market at Bamangola police station in Malda.
West Bengal Women and Child Development Minister Shashi Panja said, “There is absolutely no need to politicize the Malda incident. It was just a case of theft, where two women tried to steal something from the market. A group of women tried to take law and order into their hands and started thrashing them. However, the police reached the spot. A case has been registered and the police is probing the matter.”
“It has nothing to do with politics, though we have taken suo motu cognizance of the incident,” Panja said.
“Terror continues in West Bengal. Two tribal women were stripped naked, tortured and mercilessly thrashed in Pakua Haat area of Malda’s Bamangola police station while the police remained mute spectators,” Malviya tweeted.
“The horrific incident took place on the morning of 19th July. The woman was from a socially marginalized community and a frenzied mob was thirsty for her blood…” said Malviya, the party’s in-charge of BJP in West Bengal.