A group of villagers in West Bengal’s Malda district allegedly stripped a 33-year-old woman, thrashed her and chopped two fingers off her left hand after her cow ate grains from neighbour’s fields.
The incident happened at Munnitola village in Malda on Saturday evening. The woman has been admitted to the Malda Medical College and Hospital in a critical state.
“Now the goons are threatening us to withdraw the police complaint,” the woman told Hindustan Times.
Her son was also injured when he went to save his mother, sources said. The victim’s family lodged a complaint against Harun Sheikh, Lalu Sheikh, Iftar Sheikh, Ahmed Sheikh and 3 three local goons, police said. The suspects are on the run.
“I can’t imagine people can strip my wife and try to kill her. I have already lodged a written complaint against seven persons with police,” the woman’s husband said.
“I work as a labourer. When the incident happened, I wasn’t in the village.”
Sources said one of the 33-year-old’s cows entered Harun’s field and ate some food grains. After this, Harun caught the cow and beat the animal mercilessly, fracturing two of the animals’ legs.
Police said when the woman found her cow is being thrashed, she rushed to Harun’s field and repeatedly requested him to let the cow go.
But instead of listening to the woman, the men pounced upon her and started beating her after stripping her. They also tried to hack Ayesha with a sickle, sources said.
When the woman tried to resist the attack with her left hand, her little finger and ring finger were chopped off.
As the word of the thrashing spread, the woman’s son Iqbal rushed to the field, only to be attacked by the same men, who hit him on the head with a sickle.