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College student Saswati Jana (20) allegedly raped and killed in West Midnapore

A shocking wave of violence has spread through West Bengal after Mamata Banerjee’s election victory. Those who have followed Bengal’s politics over the decades know that politics here is coterminous with brutal violence. But the state’s first woman Chief Minister has taken the inherited violence several notches up. 

Now, a disturbing report of 20-year-old Saswati Jana, a second-year student of Debra College in West Midnapore being allegedly raped and murdered has come to light from Pingla. Some laborers working in the area have been taken into custody for questioning. 

Several Twitter handles have condemned this incident, tagging the state police and demanding an answer. The state police have not responded to any of these tweets and have neither confirmed nor denied the allegations made.  

However, protestors have descended on the streets demanding justice for Saswati Jana. The common question cropping up in every citizen’s mind is, is this anarchy going to be the new norm in TMC’s third term?

Disillusioned BJP supporters have been tagging several ministers, MLAs and “5-star” leaders, pleading for their support in these unbearably difficult times, but the BJP too has massively failed in coming to the rescue of its workers and supporters. This incompetence of the BJP has enraged its supporters nationwide who have come out questioning BJP’s silence.

OpIndia has reported another incident from Kendamari village in Nandigram where TMC goons belonging to the Muslim community were seen thrashing female BJP workers in broad daylight. BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya tweeted about the incident, along with a disturbing video.

On the other hand, the leftist cabal, especially the feminists of the liberal world have adopted pin-drop silence over these crimes against women committed by the TMC-supported goons in the state. This is not the only instance of molestation of women at the hands of didi’s brothers in the state with a broken law and order machinery. 

Distressing reports of at least 2 women karyakartas of the BJP being gang-raped by TMC Goons in Nanoor, Birbhum, and molesting several others, have also flooded social media. However, WB Police has termed the report of two BJP polling agents being gang-raped in Birbhum as ‘fake’. 

These horrific incidents remind us of the open threat TMC candidate, and actress-turned-politician Koushani Mukherjee had thrown at a BJP supporter during a public meet. “Oh, you are BJP? You have mothers and sisters at home?” she had chuckled. In hindsight, that sounds like a chilling threat of just the sort of violence against BJP supporting women we are seeing now.  

Targeting women is not a newly adopted tool of West Bengal’s ruling dispensation. Late actor-turned-TMC politician Tapas Pal had once threatened TMC’s then arch opponent, the Communists, by warning them that he will make men break into their houses, insinuating molestation and rape of the women in their families.


An earlier version of this article said that 6 TMC goons were alleged to be behind the rape and murder of Saswati Jana. This claim could not be verified, and the article has been updated accordingly.

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