Their near and dear ones were killed by CPI(M) harmads. But life goes on and celebrations are inevitable. Tuesday was such a day as the women of Lalgrah area turned up to vote in the best of attires.
Sanjay Ghorui, the elder brother of Sourav who was killed in the Netai firing, went to cast his vote dressed casually in a black T-shirt and lungi. But Sanjay's wife, Pratima, and the widow of Sourav, Shampa, went to vote in new saris.
Kalpana Jana, another voter, also went looking her best. "Inside the house, we usually do not dress well. But, to vote, we have to step out. It is not possible to step out in what we wear at home," said Pratima.
"During Puja and festive days, we do go out with our neighbours sometimes but wee do not go out alone. During elections too, we come in a group. On our way to the booth, while waiting in the queue and the on the way home, we chat. That is what we do during festive days too," said Kalpana, when asked why the women had come dressed so well.
Women voters in the town area were no exception. Keka Ghosh, a resident of Golkua Chawk in Midnapore town, went to vote in a group of six women. "Look, it is not possible for us to come out of our house on ordinary days. We have our household work. But this day is different. We have to walk a little distance to reach the polling booth. So we are going together. And it looks bad if we walk out dressed like we are in the house," Ghosh said.