Kolkata revisited the horrors of the Park Street rape case after a 26-year-old woman got abducted by 10 men from South Kolkata’s busy Chetla bridge and gang-raped overnight.
Around 7 pm on Saturday, the woman, a medical attendant, was dragged into a car by the men while she was on her way to work, said a police officer. Despite her cries for help, no one came to her aid.
She was blindfolded and after a 30-minute drive, taken to an unknown building, where she was raped through the night by two men. Early on Sunday morning, she taken back to the bridge and dumped there.
With the help of locals, she filed a complaint with the police and later in the day, underwent a medical examination at the SSKM Hospital.
One of the men involved was 27-year-old Ajay Mukherjee alias Cheno, her neighbour at Tollygunge Road. He has been arrested, the officer said. In her complaint, the woman alleged that he had been harassing her for a while.
Mother of a six-year-old girl, the woman has been separated from her husband. She works as an ayah with one of the local centres that supply medical attendants to various hospitals and nursing homes.
“We are seeking a report on the incident from the police,” said Sunanda Mukherjee, chairperson of the state women’s commission.
The incident brought back memories of the Park Street incident of February, in which a 37-year-old woman was raped in a moving car. CM Mamata Banerjee drew widespread criticism after she said it was “concocted” to “malign” her government. This time, the CM did not offer any comments, even though ally Congress launched a severe attack on the law and order of the state.