On a day Delhi was in turmoil over the gangrape of a 23-year-old woman in a bus, in faraway Kolkata, the 37-year-old victim of the Park Street rape case said the Delhi government should be proactive in arresting the culprits.
"I pray she survives, and thereafter, is spared the fate I had to endure. When I learnt about the gruesome incident, I relived the horror I had gone through. The perpetrators should be hanged," said the woman, who had been raped in a moving car on the night of February 5 with equal brutality.
Now, more than 10 months later, the two prime accused in the case are yet to be arrested and the court hearing is yet to begin. The Anglo-Indian woman, a mother of two, lives in abject misery. She has no job, no money and she is ostracised by her neighbours. Forget about Christmas gifts, her daughters do not get two square meals a day.
The Park Street victim had earned the scorn of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who said the incident had been concocted to malign her government. In contrast, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit condemned the Delhi rape outright and called for strong punishment for the guilty.
While the Kolkata victim earned ridicule and jibes when she had gone to lodge a complaint with the police, the Delhi police promptly registered a complaint and arrested four men, including the key accused. Parliament, too, had discussed the Delhi incident promptly, but the Park Street case had
never been raised in the Bengal assembly.
"All of them had called me a liar, until some good police personnel proved me right. But they were also removed. I just pray that the Delhi girl gets all the support she needs," the woman said.