West Bengal: Quest for justice costs rape victim’s husband his life
Police have arrested two people, including the rape victim’s brother, but the prime suspect continues to be at large.kolkata Updated: Sep 17, 2017 20:49 IST
A 29-year-old man’s attempts to secure justice for his raped wife ended with his murder at Hiranandapur-Nanditola village in Malda district last week.
Police have arrested two people, including the rape victim’s brother, but the prime suspect continues to be at large. The body of the deceased was recovered from a river on Sunday morning, two days after his abduction.
The woman was allegedly raped in 2011, after which she lodged a complaint against one Siddhartha Mondal. The deceased married her later, and took it upon himself to ensure that she received justice.
The rape victim had moved court soon after the wedding, alleging police inaction. “Siddhartha threatened the couple with dire consequences several times over the last six years. He tried his best to make them withdraw the case,” said Nabonil Mondal, the deceased’s cousin.
The accused allegedly carried out his threat on Friday evening, when the man went to a nearby market with his wife’s brother. The latter returned a couple of hours later, panting. He said Siddhartha and his friend, Krishna Chowdhury, had attacked them en route and taken the deceased away by force.
“According to the brother-in-law, Siddhartha and Krishna dragged the two to a local orchard and began beating them. Though he managed to flee, (the deceased) could not. But there are quite a few discrepancies in his story,” said Nabonil, without elaborating.
The deceased’s family lodged a complaint with the police on Saturday, naming his brother in-law as a co-conspirator in the crime.
The relative was arrested on Sunday, after police found the stabbed body on Sunday. Both he and Krishna are being interrogated in connection with the murder. “Siddhartha is still missing, but we hope to catch him soon,” a senior officer with the Malda district police told HT.
(The names of the rape victim and her relatives have been omitted to prevent identification)