WEST BENGAL: She was first abducted and released in February on a condition that that her parents would not file complaint with the police. However, class 10 student Tuktuki Mondal was abducted again in May in West Bengal.
Following the major chaos in Mamata Banerjee headed West Bengal; the National Commission of Women (NCW) Chairman has now met the parents of the 14-year-old Tuktuki to discuss the issue.
What happened to Tuktuki?
While she was on her way back home from some bank work, Tuktuki Mondal was first abducted in February this year by some local goons who took the minor to a secluded place under Magrahaat police station area in South 24 Parganas and gang-raped her.
Tuktuki’s father Subhash Mondal had approached the village headman and the local police for help.
According to the national secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the party’s in charge in Bengal Siddharth Nath Singh, “Tuktuki was released on the condition that the parents neither file a police complaint nor have a medical examination conducted to ascertain rape.”
But the suffering on the teenager definitely did not end here as she was once again abducted by the same men in May while she was preparing to take her Class 10 examination.
As informed by Singh, this time the horror turned uglier as the men not only abducted her but ransacked her house and threatened to kill Tuktuki if a police complaint was made in this matter.
What her father claims?
According to Subhash Mondal, in spite of naming the accused in the complaint, the police reportedly did not initiate a probe against them and instead pressurized his family to withdraw the complaint.
Government blame game
Tuktuki remains untraceable even today and the Bengal section of the BJP has demanded an appointment with Governor Kesri Nath Tripathi to protest Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee government’s weak functioning in tracing Tuktuki.
The BJP that stands dissatisfied with the police and government inaction staged protest outside Magrahaat police station under whose jurisdiction the abduction took place along with other areas of Kolkata.
Attacking the opposition, the TMC termed the BJP campaign as ‘political’ and ‘devoid of merit’.
Social media fights for Tuktuki
#JusticeForTuktuki was trending both nationally and globally on Friday as she remained missing even after so many days of abduction, reports said.
Trafficking in Bengal
According to a report last year, Bengal tops the UN list of missing kids and women. While none has a clue about the whereabouts, the families of these people are still living in a hope of getting their members will be back one day.
In 2010, around 28,000 women and children went missing and 19,000 of them remained untraceable.
The number of missing women and children is increasing every day in the government files of the state and reports by several organizations.
According to a recent report of the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) titled ‘Anti Human Trafficking, 2013′ out of over 19,000 women and children that were reported missing in West Bengal in 2011, 6, 000 could be traced.