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West Bengal: Teen’s body found on railway tracks, rape suspected; mainstream media silent

In a shocking case of murder and suspected rape being reported from West Bengal, a woman was thrown out of a speeding train and died on the tracks. Some reports suggest that she was raped and killed in the train before being tossed out.

On the morning of Thursday, February 10, the blood-smeared body of the young woman was recovered from along the railway tracks in the Bhubannagar area between Kakdwip and Namkhana of the Sealdah South branch. Her face was badly bruised due to which it became difficult to identify her.

As per sources, Railway police have now identified the victim as Devika Maiti; she was 18-years-old and was a resident of Namkhana. Devika used to work in a shopping mall in Kakdwip. This has led to widespread anxiety in the area.

According to police sources, after wrapping up work, Devika was returning home by train from Kakdwip station at around 9.30 pm on Wednesday night. Her family members grew concerned as she did not reach home well past the regular time by which she generally returned. They started searching for her but couldn’t find her.

The next day, Devika’s family members were informed about the dead body of a woman found in Bhubannagar; the family identified the body as that of their daughter. On the basis of the case filed by the deceased’s father Dilip Maity, Baruipur GRP police have initiated an investigation into the incident.

Locals suspect that someone probably killed Devika and threw her body on the side of the railway tracks. Meanwhile, the body has already been sent for autopsy by railway police to establish the reason for the death. The cause of death still remains unclear.

“There is no confirmation of rape or molestation as yet. We are still looking into it. The girl’s mobile phone was found on the railway tracks. The camera of the mobile phone was on as if she was trying to take a picture or record a video of what she was experiencing. Hence we are assuming that there may be some mystery in this case. We are checking all aspects,” said Sealdah Railway Police Superintendent DV Chandrasekhar. Reportedly, Devika’s bag was also recovered from the train.

The bereaving family is shattered by Devika’s death. She was a hardworking girl who had decided to be financially independent at a very young age.

Unfortunately, a state ‘governed’ by a woman chief minister has been recording an ever-increasing number of rapes and violence against women, more than any other state in the country. Yet, most mainstream media outlets do not report on these crimes because their political ideology requires an anti-BJP government to stay in power. Except for one local Bengali news site, no other news outlet seems to have covered this story.

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