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Amid heart-wrenching reports of molestation, rape and torture of women, belonging to a particular community, in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali allegedly by the goons of Trinamool Congress (TMC), the state BJP unit on Monday lodged a complaint with the National Commission for Women (NCW) and demanded strict against the state police for revealing the identity of rape victims.

Sukanta Majumdar, Bengal BJP President on Monday wrote to NCW and demanded that the state police must face action for making the victim’s life miserable by revealing her identity, thus exposing her to brutal targeting by the oppressors.

Notably, the disclosure of victim’s identity in molestation and rape cases clearly violates the directions of Supreme Court.

He further demanded that Bengal DGP and IGP be booked for the grave oversight of standard procedure and asked "why they shouldn’t be sent behind bars", pending enquiry against them.

Notably, Sandeshkhali has been the epicentre of protests by many victims, who recently gathered courage and came forward to speak out about the atrocities inflicted upon them by the ruffians of ruling party. TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan has been accused of targeting many Hindu women in the region and raping them overnight. This inhuman oppression and torture has been a daily affair for many times, say locals.

In the complaint to NCW, the Bengal BJP President has mentioned about a specific case where the victim lodged a video complaint against TMC leader Sibu Hazra and after that how she has been hounded and attacked by his associates.

Majumdar informs that the victim’s house has been vandalised and her life is at stake for speaking against the atrocities by TMC goons.

Lashing out at the Bengal Police, he accused them of acting ‘hand in gloves’ with the culprits as the latter went after the victim, soon after the video landed on social media.

“Police took the victim to Magistrate for recording statement. But before that, it does a video recording of the statement by the victim and then releases it on the official handle of Bengal Police,” wrote BJP Bengal President in the letter to NCW.

SC stays Lok Sabha panel's proceedings against Bengal officials 

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the summons issued by Lok Sabha Privilege Committee to West Bengal chief secretary and other top officials in connection with a complaint filed by BJP MP Sukanta Majumdar alleging “misconduct, brutality and life-threatening injuries to him” during protests in the Sandeshkhali region.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud delivered the interim order while issuing notice on a writ petition filed by Chief Secretary Bhagwati Prasad Gopalika, Director General of Police Rajeev Kumar, and three other officials.

The petition challenges the jurisdiction of the Lok Sabha Privilege Committee and argues that parliamentary privileges do not extend to political activities.

The petition has been filed by Bhagwati Prasad Gopalika, Sharad Kumar Dwivedi (District Magistrate, North 24 Parganas District), Rajeev Kumar, Dr. Hossain Mehedi Rehman (Superintendent of Police, Basirhat, North 24 Parganas District) and Partha Ghosh (Additional SP, Basirhat, North 24 Parganas District).

Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing the officials, argued that the complaint of police atrocities by Majumdar was false and that videos showed BJP supporters attacking police officials. They contended that the officials were not even present at the scene.

In response, Senior Advocate Devasish Bharukha, representing the Lok Sabha Secretariat, clarified that the officials were not summoned as accused and that the notices were issued to ascertain facts.

The Supreme Court, while issuing notice returnable within four weeks, stayed further proceedings based on the notices issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat against the state officials.

Last Thursday, Majumdar fell sick after he was caught in the midst of the scuffle between the cops and the BJP supporters protesting over the alleged sexual harassment and violence against women at Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district. Majumdar had to be hospitalised also.

Reacting to the judgment, BJP spokesman in West Bengal Samik Bhattacharya said that the state government and the ruling party have nothing to rejoice over the development. “The matter has been stayed and not quashed. There will be hearing in the matter in the coming days,” he said.

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