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Poet lodges police complaint after gang rape threat on Facebook

Mandakranta Sen said threats in filthy language increased after she stood by poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay who was targeted by Hindutwa supporters.

kolkata Updated: Mar 30, 2017 20:42 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Srijato Bandyopadhyay,Mandakranta Sen,Mamata Banerjee
Mandakranta Sen is known for being a critic of the saffron camp supporters.(Photo: Facebook)

A young Kolkata-based poet has lodged a complaint with the Kolkata Police cyber cell alleging she has received gang rape threats on Facebook. This is the second confrontation between a Kolkata-based poet and supporters of the Hindutwa camp, the first target being poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay, against whom a police complaint was lodged on March 20 after he posted a poem on his Facebook wall on March 19.

“This morning I woke up and opened my Facebook page and to my horror, I found the threat there. My advocate will soon forward my written complaint to the cyber crime section of Kolkata police. I am a free thinking poet and, for the past few days, been facing filthy abuses in Facebook. I thought it is my duty to lodge a complaint after such a threat,” said Mandakranta Sen , speaking to HT.

Poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay received support from chief minister Mamata Bandyopadhyay who said he would not be harmed. He has also been given police protection. ( Facebook )

Sen is in the mid-forties, and is known as a staunch critic of the saffron camp who regularly composes poems and comments against the Sangh Parivar school of politics.

She also pointed out that the threats increased after she stood by Bandyopadhyay. Incidentally, his poem made an allegedly derogatory comment at trishul and took a veiled jibe at the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh on the evening he was sworn in.

Read: Mamata Banerjee stands by Srijato Bandopadhyay, says democratic voices cannot be hushed up

“I am not scared. But it is very frightening to think where our society is heading towards,” Sen told HT.

The post posted on her Facebook wall a post purportedly by a person Raja Das. It said, “These women (uses a slang) is leading the country astray. They should be subjected to gang rape without condoms,” read the message in Bengali.

Within minutes of the news spreading, Bengal intelligentsia strongly condemned the incident.

Read: Police complaint against West Bengal poet for ‘hurting religious sentiments of Hindus’

“I deplore this comment with the emphasis that I can command,” said Bandopadhyay.

Incidentally, chief minister Mamata Banerjee stoody by Bandyopadhyay though Siliguri Police slapped non-bailable sections of the IT Act against him for hurting ‘religious sentiments’ of the Hindus.

“I can tell you nothing harsh will happen to Srijato. Everyone has democratic rights. He wrote a poem, which is a political poem. Those who are spreading saffronisation have lodged the complaint. In social media the poet is being targeted and threatened. I do not want to name anyone. They want to dictate what we will think and do,” said chief minister Mamata Banerjee, while speaking at an interview with a television channel.

First Published: Mar 29, 2017 17:37 IST