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NHRC requests Malda assault report from West Bengal government

The National Human Rights Commission has requested a report on the assault case in Malda from the West Bengal government. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is utilising a recent incident in Bengal as a weapon of opposition against the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the wake of widespread indignation over a video that showed two women without their clothes being paraded around a conflict zone in Manipur.

KOLKATA: On Wednesday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) requested that West Bengal submit a report on the incident in which two tribal women were spotted being attacked and stripped in a neighbourhood market in the Malda district a week earlier. Malda, the superintendent of police, was tasked by the NHRC with submitting the report within a month.

They were detained by the local police before the video went viral on suspicion of attacking a police outpost on July 17 while wearing BJP hats, and later freed on bail.

After human rights advocate Sangita Chakraborty wrote to the human rights body pleading with it to take cognizance on its own and file a complaint against the officer-in-charge of Bamangola police station, the NHRC sprang into action. She asked the central rights organisation to put together a team of delegations to look into the issue thoroughly and objectively.

Sangita also sought accountability from the local police station for its carelessness and cruel treatment of the victims, as well as strict punishment against the assailants’ people.

The BJP brought up the Malda case in response to criticism of the BJP-led central from the Trinamool Congress over a video that showed two naked women being paraded in a troubled area of Manipur. The Trinamool Congress had attacked the BJP-led government for the incident in the northeast state. Amit Malviya, the head of the IT cell for the saffron camp, displayed the purported incident’s footage and called the attackers “a frenzied mob baying for her blood.”

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