Three people were arrested on Friday on charges of beating a 35-year-old indigenous woman in public in Tripura’s Khowai district last month.
Jaymanti Reang, a mid-day meal worker, was beaten in public on her way back from a fair price shop on July 17. She registered a complaint at Mungiakami police station on Wednesday, said Kishore Uchoi, the officer-in-charge of the station.
“She received grievous injuries during the assault. The victim registered a complaint with Mungiakami police station on August 08 against three men. We have arrested all three of them”, Uchoi told indianexpress.com.
Jaymanti was hospitalized for a couple of days after the incident. She lodged the complaint after being released from the hospital.
The arrestees– Dasharath Reang (50), Labkumar Reang (45), and Charania Reang (40)– were accused of assaulting the woman at Hazrapara area. While Dasharath was arrested right after the complaint was filed, two others were arrested earlier today.
Meanwhile, a video of the incident has gone viral on social media where Jaymanti is seen being beaten by the accused men. The police officer said the investigation was going on, adding that they would take into consideration any such videographic evidence in the probe.
Reacting to the incident, Pradesh Congress vice president Tapas Dey said women are not safe in Tripura. He said he didn’t find any change in the quality of governance from erstwhile Left Front rule in the incumbent BJP-IPFT coalition regime.
However, BJP spokesperson Mrinal Kanti Deb claimed the law and order situation has improved in Tripura in past five months and said women used to face trouble to lodge FIR during the left rule. Deb also credited the police for taking prompt action.
Tripura was earlier ranked among states with highest records on crime against women in National Crime Records Bureau report in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Conviction rates on such crimes in the state stand at 24.7 percent.