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West Bengal: 6-year-old raped, murdered and buried in paddy field

The body of a 6-year-old Hindu vanvasi child, who had gone missing on the day of Kali Puja (Diwali), has been recovered by the local police. The body was buried in local paddy fields. The gory incident has been reported from Nayagram police station area in Jhargram, West Bengal.

The girl child from a vanvasi family had gone missing from her residence in the afternoon, stated the parents of the victim. The news of the child going missing had led to unrest in the area. The family and the locals tried to search for the child for hours but couldn’t find her. The family then approached the local police station and lodged a formal complaint.

Acting on the complaint, the police also searched for the girl and started their investigation. They interrogated several locals in this matter and the name of one youth from the neighbourhood surfaced. After several rounds of interrogation, the police finally zeroed in on two youths as suspects. It was learnt that the missing child was last seen going towards the fields with these two accused.

Police detained the 25-year-old suspect and another man who acted as his accomplice in the crime. They then started their interrogation at the police station. Soon both of them broke down and confessed their crime in front of the police. They had lured the child to go with them, raped her, murdered her and then buried her dead body in the paddy fields.

Police have dug the area as pointed out by the accused and have recovered the body of the 6-year-old on Sunday, November 7. Locals were shocked to see the body, while the family broke down upon realizing that their child had been killed after being put through inhumane brutality.

The mother remains inconsolable, while the father cries in front of the tiny lifeless body, “I had lodged a written complaint with the police. I had requested them to find my daughter. But they have found her dead body.”

West Bengal has seen a constant rise in the cases of violence against women and children in the past 10 years of Mamata Banerjee’s governance. Incidents reported from the state are dreadful and gory, and the administration has proved to be a total failure in containing the numbers of crimes.

While the state Chief Minister, members of her party and her supporters keep raising incidents of sexual assault in Uttar Pradesh – the tragic Hathras incident where locals say no rape even occurred being their much-referred one – to besmirch the Yogi government, the ruling TMC has not done anything to tackle the soaring crimes against women and children in West Bengal. As a matter of fact, they refuse to even acknowledge these cases and strive to shove them under the carpet.

Mainstream media houses operating in the state are in fear of the ruling party and have long resigned from their job as upholders of the fourth pillar of democracy. Their airtime is consumed in rallying behind the assorted members of the TMC and covering puerile events like Kolkata’s former mayor Shovan Chatterjee’s extramarital affair with turncoat politician Baisakhi Banerjee.

The condition of women and children in West Bengal, if the administration doesn’t mend its ineffective ways, does not auger well; in fact, it is worsening by the day under a government, ironically, helmed by a woman.

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