Tuesday, July 13, 2010

woman sexually abused, tortured by BSF-- Impunity prevailing

Name of the Victim(s): 1.Ms. Julekha Bibi, wife of Mr. Hanif Seikh 2. Mr. Hanif Seikh both are resident of Village- Puratan Degree, Post-Domkal, Police Station- Raninagar, District – Murshidabad, West Bengal.

Name of the Perpetrator(s): One Sub Inspector of Mohanganj BOP with 2 constables of ‘A’ Company of Battalion Number-123 of Border Security Force (BSF), Raninagar Police Station, District – Murshidabad, West Bengal.

Place of incident: At the residence of the victim (Village- Puratan Degree , Post-Domkal ., Police Station- Raninagar, District – Murshidabad, West Bengal).

Date & time of the incident: On 08th June 2010 around 7 PM.

Case Details:
Mrs Julekha Bibi, daughter of Ms Memjan Bibi and wife of Mr. Hanif Seikh is a resident of Puratan Degree village in Murshidabad. On 08.06.2010 at around 7 PM, while it was raining the victim and her husband were lying in their bed. Surprisingly at that time One Sub Inspector (SI) of Mohanganj Camp with 2 Constables of ‘A’ company of Battalion Number-123 of BSF forcibly entered their room. After forcible trespass, those two constables who were in their uniform dragged her husband out from the room. Ms. Julekha Bibi tried to stop the act, and her resistance made BSF personnel furious and she was subsequently assaulted by those BSF personnel. At that time there was no woman BSF personnel in that place. She was not only physically assaulted but BSF personnel tried to molest her. The BSF constables beat in her abdomen with a stick. Thereafter, Ms. Julekha Bibi lodged a written complaint against those errant BSF personnel in Raninagar Police station on the next day; 9th June 2010. Based on the written complaint of Ms. Julekha Bibi; the Officer in Charge of Raninagar police station; Mr. Pabitra Mitra Mustafi started a criminal case vide Raninagar Police Station Case Number- 03.08.2010 dated 09.06.2010 under sections 448/325/354/506/427 Indian Penal Code (IPC) and started investigation on 10.06.2010. Julekha got serious injury on her body and thus she was admitted in Godhan Para Primary Health Center at 2 PM on 09.06.2010. Dr. N.K Haldar examined and treated her and she was discharged on the same day. The serial of her admission to the primary health center was 7 and No.-453.

On 15.06.2010 our fact finding team reached at the place of occurrence and gathered information during the course they met Mr. Pabitra Mitra Mustafi; Officer in Charge of Raninagar Police station around 3 PM. He showed the copy of F.I.R and the complaint made by Julekha to our fact finding team.

Now, Police having connivance with BSF is trying to suppress the fact and influence the process of investigation with a malafide intention to save the involved BSF personnel. Police only has taken account of the statements made by the BSF personnel and ignoring the view of victims or complainant in course of investigation. On 15.06.2010 our Fact Finding team met the Block Development Officer (BDO) of Raninagar Block; Mr. Arunava Das. He shown his indifference on the said assault by the BSF personnel and asked to attend ‘Simanta Samanway Committee’ meeting to voice these allegations.

Till date no arrest of involved BSF personnel was made proving the unholy nexus between the Police and BSF.

Report by:
Kirity Roy
Secretary-Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM)
National Convenor- Programme Against Custodial Torture & Impunity (PACTI)
Web: www.masum.org.in

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