Hooghly: Notwithstanding Bengal often boasting itself of having a progressive society, kangaroo courts subjecting women to barbaric punishment continues to be a blot on the state.
In the latest case, a middle-aged homemaker has been subjected to physical assault and her head has been shaven off by a kangaroo court in her village on the suspicion that she was having an extra-marital affair.
The incident has taken place at Dharampur village under Khanakul police station area in Hooghly district, some 80-km off the state capital Kolkata. In this case, all those who were part of the kangaroo court and those who tortured the woman are allegedly associated with the ruling party Trinamool.
Naseer Mallick of Dharampur village works in a private firm in Kolkata and his wife lives at their village house with two children.
On Wednesday (11 July), she went to a local market to buy provisions and during this interacted with an unknown youth whom she came across at a grocery shop. A man from her village saw this and took snaps of the woman and the youth on a mobile phone. He then circulated it among the villagers using WhatsApp.
“That very night, some people of the village came to my house and ordered me to come out. As I stepped out, they pulled me by the hair saying that I was into an illicit relationship and thus I am being punished. They heard no explanation from me and tied me to a bamboo pole. Men kept on slapping and kicking me and then shaved off my head,” the homemaker says.
Even after this, the woman was not allowed to home. She was kept tied to the pole overnight. On being released yesterday, she informed the matter to her husband Naseer over the phone. He came hurrying from Kolkata.
The couple then went to Khanakul police station and lodged an FIR naming at least five people. Naseer alleged all those who tortured his wife are associated with the Trinamool and function under local leader Sheikh Ali Husain.
Police are yet to arrested any of the accused but Arambagh’s sub-divisional police officer Krishanu Roy assured that legal action will be taken against all those were involved in the brutal incident.