Villagers carry candles for rape victim
statesman news service
Kamduni, 7 July
Expecting that the family members of the 20-year-old girl who was raped and murdered will get justice, the villagers at Kamduni held a candle light rally there today.
The girl, who had been on her way back home from college, was dragged inside a plot located beside a bheri, where she was allegedly gangraped and murdered on 7 June. Her body was later found on a piece of land behind the boundary wall of the plot.
Despite the assurances of the chief minister, Miss Mamata Banerjee, that a chargesheet will be filed before the court within 15 days after her visit to Kamduni, officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) are yet to file a complete chargesheet before the court, even though a month has passed after the incident.
People assembled at the play ground in front of a primary school in the area, from where the rally was initiated. It ended at the spot where the incident had taken place. The victim’s family members broke into tears while recollecting her memories.
Those who attended the candle-light rally included Mrs Mousumi Koyal, who was in the limelight during the chief minister’s visit to the village, Mr Pradip Basu, the head master of the victim’s primary school, and painter Samir Aich.
Mr Aich asked the villagers not to stoop before a government that could not provide safety and security to women. “I may get arrested for my anti-government statements. But, you all should not worry,” he said.
Locals and the victim’s family have claimed that the CID didn’t include the name of Ansar Ali, one of the main accused, in the charge sheet, and are trying to safeguard him. They now want the investigation to be handed over to the CBI.