The National Women Commission today slammed the West Bengal government for its “lethargic attitude” towards rising crime against women in the state but expressed satisfaction over the way the administration has handled the alleged gangrape case of a 20-year-old tribal girl.
The Commission — its three-member team led by chairperson Mamta Sharma today visited the girl who is currently staying in a state-run home — quoted the victim as “not having any complaints against the state police”.
“She also told me that she is satisfied with the medical attention she received at the hospital, although she is skeptic about returning home,” NCW chairperson Sharma told reporters after meeting the girl. But “as far as providing security to the victim was concerned, the state government has failed completely,” she added.
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“The girl had asked for a job. There is a provision for special compensation to tribals but we found that this victim has not received any. We would include all this in our recommendation to the chief minister,” she said.
Sharma held the state government’s “lethargic attitude” repsonsible for such crimes in the state. “It is really sad to see that incidents of crime against women have suddenly increased in West Bengal.”
Referring to the Park Street rape case (February 2012), which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had dismissed as “a cooked up case designed to malign the government”, Sharma said “there was nothing cooked up”.
“We all can see that crimes against women have gone up in Bengal. The state government should take steps so that such incidents of crime can be controlled. Mamata Banerjee, being a woman, is expected to be more vigilant about the safety of women,” she said.
Sharma also criticised the state police for wanting to “get such matters settled rather that file a case, which is their job”. “But this hardly happens here,” she alleged.
Incidentally, the commisssion’s visit to the girl came under heavy criticism from the Trinamool Congress, which termed it “a political tour” on the account of CPM’s women’s wing leader Malini Bhattacharya accompanying the team.
“It was nothing but a political tour and we condemn this act to play politics over such an incident,” Trinamool Congress general secretary Mahua Moitra said. He also questioned Sharma’s appointment as NCW chairman.