Amid Hathras ourage, West Bengal Governor cites rape figures, asks CM Mamata to care for state first


Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service
Kolkata, October 6

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has asked Chief Minister Manmata Banerjee to first pay attention to incidents of rape and kidnapping in her own state before showing indignation about similar incidents elsewhere.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Dhankhar said that according to official figures, 223 incidents of rape and 639 incidents of kidnapping had been reported in West Bengal in August alone.

Maximum number of rapes (51) was reported to have taken place in Murshidabad district. With 77 kidnappings, Purba Medinipur tops the chart as far this particular crime is concerned.

“Rapes-223 and Kidnappings-639 in August 2020 as per official reports indicate worrisome state of crime against women- a cause of concern. Time to douse fire under feet and put law and order in place before attending flames elsewhere”, said a tweet posted by @jdhankhar1 on Tuesday afternoon.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Saturday organised a protest march in Kolkata followed by a rally to protest against the incident at Hathras in UP where the recent incident of gang rape and murder of a Dalit girl led to a national outrage.

Mamata’s rally in Kolkata followed a visit to Hathras by a team of MPs belonging to her party, Trinamool Congress (TMC). Personnel of the UP Police prevented the MPs from meeting the family members of the victim.

 



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