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Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019

Woman gang-raped in Bengal, brutalised for refusing to continue affair

The woman was taken to hospital after her 13-year-old daughter cried out for help.

kolkata Updated: Sep 11, 2017 22:11 IST
Koushik Dutta
Koushik Dutta
Hindustan Times, Midnapore
Students take part in a candle-light vigil at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to protest against the December 16 gang-rape case.
Students take part in a candle-light vigil at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to protest against the December 16 gang-rape case.(Mhd Zakir / HT File )

A woman was allegedly gang-raped in West Bengal’s Birbhum district on Monday and a bottle thrust into her private parts after she sought to end an extra-marital affair, police said.

District police officers told Hindustan Times that they had arrested a man, Tarak Bhaskar, who barged into the woman’s house around 1.30am on Monday along with two friends and attacked her.

“We have arrested key accused Tarak Bhaskar on the basis of the complaint of the victim. We are interrogating him. We are also trying to nab the two others,” said Neelkanth Sudheer Kumar, Birbhum district police superintendent.

The woman told the police that the culprits were apparently inebriated. She is in a critical condition in a local hospital. She needs to be urgently operated upon but cannot be moved to a bigger hospital because of her physical condition, police said.

The incident took place in ward 3 of Sainthia municipality, about 195 kilometers from Kolkata, where the victim lives with her 13-year old daughter and nine-year old son. Her husband lives in another state where he has gone for work.

Local residents said Tarak lived in the same locality and was married with two children. When the woman told him she wanted to end their relationship, he took her to an abandoned room near Sainthia bus stand and allegedly sexually assaulted her. When the woman told neighbours and others about the behavior, he resorted to Monday’s gangrape.

“After they raped me, they thrust a bottle in my private parts before leaving,” the woman told the police. According to police officers, the culprits likely thrust the liquor bottle they were drinking from into her. The woman was taken to the hospital on Monday morning, more than five hours after the alleged rape.

This is the latest case of sexual assault to have rocked the state in recent years, after the Park Street rape case in February and the Kamduni rape case in 2013.