Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rape, torture by state forces in Naxal heartland?

Jhargram, (West Bengal): Rape, arson and torture are the allegations villagers here in West Bengal are making against state police. The government says it's looking into the allegations.

But it's a blow to a state police force which claims it is reaching out to the villagers as part of its battle against the Naxals in the state.

A 50-year old woman from Sonamukhi village, 15 kilometers from Jhargram town, alleges she was raped by the joint forces on the 30th of June. At least six women from this village have undergone medical tests at the Jhargram hospital after they alleged rape by the paramilitary forces. The reports are yet to come. But the women of Sonamukhi allege rape and torture during a joint forces raid in search of suspected Maoists.

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