Is Park Street, the city’s most high-profile entertainment district, also turning into Kolkata’s ‘sin street’? Barely seven months after the infamous incident of February 5 in which a 37-year-old Anglo-Indian woman was raped in a moving car, an 18-month-old, pavement-dweller baby, was sexually abused on Tuesday night.
The police admitted that the child was raped and tortured by unknown persons on Royd Street, in the Park Street area, late on Tuesday night. “We’ve started a case of rape against unknown persons after receiving the complaint,” Pallab Kanti Ghosh, joint commissioner of police (Crime), said. The Park Street police said on Wednesday evening that four people of the locality had been detained for interrogation.
The girl used to live on the Royd Street pavement with her parents. On Wednesday morning, the child’s mother discovered her at a distance, covered in blood.
Locals of the area took the girl to a nearby private hospital. The mother later lodged a complaint with the Park Street police station. The police are still clueless about the incident and have started interrogating the other pavement-dwellers to identify the rapists.
The condition of the child is critical. “The medico-legal examination by a doctor of forensic medicine will take place as soon as the child’s condition improves,” Minati Adhikary, chairperson, Child Welfare Committee, said.
“We’re in touch with the hospital where the child has been admitted. We’ve already spoken to the police and instructed them to take proper action to find the culprits,” Adhikary said.
Over the past few months, rape and atrocities against women have become dominant crimes in the state. Repeated incidents have triggered public outrage, and even chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been criticised on various platforms for labelling such incidents as “concocted”.
In their letter of resignation, Congress ministers in Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet have mentioned atrocities against women as one of the causes for their decision.