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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 29 March: AFTER the FIR against poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay for composing a poem critical of the Hindu fundamentalists, now it’s the turn for poetess Mandakranta Sen!

Forty-five-year old Sen has received a threat for gang-rape over the Facebook. The poetess disclosed on her Facebook wall today noon that one Raja Das, who is friends with her FB friend Susanta Chandra, has threatened her with gang-rape.

“These fallen women are ruining the country, she should be gang-raped without putting on a condom,” the threat message in Bengali that Sen has reproduced on her Facebook wall reads. She had received in her FB message box today morning.

The threat comes four days since the poetess, along with a few other creative personalities in Kolkata, had organised a protest meet and a rally on 25 March in solidarity with Srijato Bandyopadhyay after he was slapped with a non-bailable FIR for composing a poem critical of the Hindu fundamentalists, especially the new UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Mandrakanta Sen FB Post
Mandakranta Sen’s FB post.

The FIR against Srijato was registered in Siliguri over two specific lines in the poem that reads: “As long as you exhume my corpse to rape, the trident of your religion will have a condom over it.” Raja Das, who has threatened gang-rape on poetess Sen, seems to have taken a cue from these lines.

Sen is known to be a Left supporter and in 2015 returned the Shaitya Academi award in protest against the killing of Md Akhlaque at Dadri in UP for alleging storing beef in his refrigerator.

Ever since Sen disclosed the threat that she has received, support is pouring in for her on her Facebook. By early evening, over 364 comments have been posted in her support, while about a 100 have shared the post. Many have advised her to report the matter to Kolkata Police’s Cyber Crime police station.

Sen has said that her advocate would soon lodge a written complaint with police.

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