Another shocking incident of political violence and retribution delivered by TMC goons came to light as reports of a 24 year old wife of BJP worker being allegedly raped and dumped in a canal near their home in Tetul Bari area in Nandigram, West Bengal, came on Monday while her husband was participating in an election rally of BJP leader Suvendhu Adhikari.

This news comes on the heels of the tragic death of 85 year old, Shova Majumdar, mother of BJP worker’s death due to brutal thrashing by TMC goons in Nimta area of North 24 Paraganas, West Bengal.

The victim’s husband reportedly is an active worker of the BJP and has been threatened several times in the past by the Trinamool Congress (TMC). According to him, he was busy attending an election rally of BJP leader Suvendhu Adhikari when his wife was attacked at home to punish him for campaigning for BJP actively.

He said that when he returned home from the rally in the evening he found his wife missing, he started to frantically search for her and later discovered his wife in an unconscious state and injured grievously in a canal behind his house.

Her mouth, hands and legs were tied and her saree was tightly knotted around her neck. The BJP worker reportedly said, his wife has sustained multiple bruises all over her body, which evidently indicates rape. The young woman was immediately admitted at the Reyapara Rural Hospital, as her condition worsened she was shifted to the Tamluk District Hospital for better medical treatment.

She is said to be critical as reported by the Calcutta News. The BJP West Bengal state unit has accused the TMC cadres of rape and attempt to murder in a bid to silence and intimidate BJP workers.

BJP West Bengal Chief, Dilip Ghosh reportedly said, “Our party worker had attended Suvendhu Adhikari’s election rally, when he returned home he found his wife in an unconscious state. The woman was violated and a rope was tied around her neck. This shows the TMC is trying to create an atmosphere of fear and terror, after being aware that they cannot win elections.” Ghosh emphasised that, “Women’s safety has become a major concern in the state and parivartan (change of regime) will soon take place.

Ghosh also dismissed Mamata Banerjee’s claims that daughters and mothers are safe in Bengal. He pointed to death of elderly Shova Majumdar and the Nandigram rape as evidence of utter lawlessness and criminal acts to suppress workers of opposing political parties.

Notably, TMC Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting the assembly elections from Nandigram seat where elections would be held on Thursday, April 1st. Mamata is reportedly leaving no stone unturned and trying all tactics to somehow win her seat from Nandigram, including directly pleading to a BJP leader and former TMC worker Proloy Pal to help her chances in Nandigram.

Elections or no elections women should not be targeted with brutal physical and sexual assault to punish them or their husbands, sons or brothers for their political choices. The culture of political violence including violence against women should be stamped out from West Bengal as it cannot be tolerated in any civilized society leave alone a democratic nation.


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