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4 women beaten, stripped in Bengal’s Jalpaiguri on suspicion of abducting children

Some people allegedly triggered panic in the market saying the women were child lifters. A mob gathered in no time and started assaulting the women.

india Updated: Jul 24, 2018 07:19 IST
Pramod Giri
Pramod Giri
Hindustan Times, Siliguri
Bengal,Jalpaiguri,Mob violence
The incident is the latest in a series of assaults and lynching across the country where people have attacked strangers at the slightest suspicion of them being child lifters.(AFP File Photo)

Four women were beaten up and two of them even stripped by a mob in a village in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district on Monday afternoon on suspicion of being child lifters before police rescued them.

Sanjay Dutta, inspector-in-charge of Dhupguri police station said, “We rescued the women from the mob. No arrest has been made till night.”

The incident is the latest in a series of assaults and lynching across the country where people have attacked strangers at the slightest suspicion of them being child lifters. Two of the women are residents of Hospital Para in Dhupguri town, one is from Station More area of Dhupguri while one lives in the Court More area of Siliguri town. Only the women from Dhupguri knew each other.

The four women had gone to Daukimari village market, about five km from Dhupguri. Two of them had gone to the office of a micro finance company, one wanted to meet a relative while one was out to sell clothes.

Some people allegedly triggered panic in the market saying the women were child lifters. A mob gathered in no time and started assaulting the women. Two women were even stripped. The mob then took them to a local club.

On hearing the news police rushed to the spot and resorted to lathi charge. Police rescued the women and escorted them to their homes.

Monday’s incident took place exactly a week after a mentally challenged woman in Dhupguri’s Kadamtala village was tied to a pillar and thrashed by a mob on suspicion of being a child lifter. She is a resident of Balagarh in Hooghly district, more than 700 km from where she was assaulted.

Police had registered a case suo-motu against a BJP leader, Taramani Roy, vice president of the party’s Mahila Morcha, Jalpaiguri district committee for allegedly leading the mob which attacked the woman.

First Published: Jul 23, 2018 23:38 IST