Activists held a public meeting Saturday at College Square and took out a rally till Dharamtala to protest the rising instances of crimes against women in the state.
Criticising Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, eminent professor Dr Miratun Nahar said: “This question (of women’s safety) rises spontaneously because she (Mamata) is protesting a sexual harassment case that involves the chairman of the Human Rights Commission. She is giving importance to the incident and had even submitted a petition to the President. But in her own state, human rights is violated everyday and nothing is being done. There is a lot of motives behind her actions.”
Activists claimed the state government is maintaining “double standards” in handling such cases. Bolan Ganguly, a columnist and an activist, said: “The government is not sincere in solving the issue. Mamata was the one who protested Tapasi Malik’s case and whatever happened in Nandigram during the CPM regime. Now, she has changed her view, which is why we are protesting.”
On the incident of Madhyamgram victim being murdered after being raped, activist Saswati Ghosh said: “All political parties must look into the safety of women. We are told the accused are behind bars. But if they are behind bars, how can they threaten the victim. It should go by the rule book to everyone and no offenders must not be protected.”
Eminent scientist Partha Sarathi Ray said: “In West Bengal, all localities are under ‘goonda raj’. Rapes are a fallout of this process. This reflects the failure and disinterest of the administration to confront crimes against women. There is always an attempt to suppress it, either by threatening the victim or its family. Everywhere criminals are under political patronage of the government and the police. Since the time the CM has said the Park Street rape case is fabricated, the signal was sent to anti-socials that the accused will be provided political shelter.”
The activists also demanded a CBI inquiry into the dismal performance of the aspirants in the primary teachers recruitment test.