In a shocking case of sexual abuse reported from Falakata in West Bengal’s Alipurduar district, parents of two teenage girls have levelled allegations of rape against their 49-year-old tuition teacher Rustom Ali. As per the claims made by the guardians, Ali, who is a local teacher, has raped and sexually abused the minor students for around 9 months. They have lodged a formal complaint at the Falakata Police Station, informed Officer-in-Charge Sanatan Singh.
The accused is also the headmaster of the C.N.C Nursery School situated in the Pramod Nagar area of Guabar Nagar in Falakata block. As the school was temporarily closed due to the pandemic, Ali was using the building to take private tuitions. Several girls from the locality had enrolled to attend the headmaster’s private coaching. Among them were the two victims who were students of Pramod Nagar High School; one was is class 6, the other in class 7. However, for the past few days, the girls were refusing to go to the tuitions; their parents noticed changes in their behaviour and asked them if anything was bothering them. They then opened up to their guardians and narrated how Ali has been sexually abusing them.
The news of the minors being raped by headmaster Ali spread like wildfire and has resulted in massive outrage among the locals. On Wednesday, February 9, enraged locals gathered at the school to tear it down. However, as soon as the police of Jateshwar Fandi learned about mayhem, they reached the spot and took the situation under control. A large contingent of police was then sent from the Falakata police station to the area to maintain the law and order situation. A police picket has been set up at the location to maintain peace.
Both the minors were sent for medical examination and have recorded their statement in front of a magistrate. While the police have initiated investigations on this case, Ali has reportedly fled the area and is untraceable.
This is not the first time Falakata has come in the news for the wrong reasons. In November 2021, a Muslim student of Falakata College, Mohammad Fayez had attacked a Hindu female classmate with a sharp blade causing severe injuries after she rejected his advances multiple times. The victim was rushed to a local hospital and received multiple stitches on her face and neck area.
Barring a couple of local Bengali websites, all media houses of the state have maintained an uncomfortable silence on the current case, indicating that there is a deliberate attempt to hide cases of violence against women and minors in Mamata Banerjee’s dispensation. Such media bias is most likely due to fear of backlash from a fascist regime, and for financial reasons – Mamata Banerjee had asked reporters to produce “positive news” about her governent and send proof to local DMs if they want government advertisements.
The national mainstream media (MSM) that have hyped the well-designed ‘hijab in classroom’ protests fueled by Islamist groups like CFI and JIH, have also been oblivious to the plight of these minor victims in Bengal who have been violated by their “teacher” Rustom Ali.
This again demonstrates the sinister MSM practice of brushing crimes under the carpet if the accused is from the Muslim community, and if the crime takes place in a ‘secular’ state. After all, Mamata Banerjee is being built up as a PM candidate for the 2024 elections by a section of the Lutyens’ cabal – so masking the true state of life in West Bengal becomes absolutely crucial for this project.