Victim’s mother lodges complaint, TMC leader supports probe
Statesman News Service

Nalhati, 3 January
A class VI girl has been allegedly raped by a youth last evening at Velien village under Nalhati police station. The youth is the nephew of a local Trinamul panchayat member. The girl has been admitted to Rampurhat sub-divitional hospital. The 13-year-old girl is a student of High Madrasa of Velien village under Koitha-II gram panchayat of Nalhati. Last evening she went to the neighbouring village with her friends to visit a rural fair. While returning she was raped by a village youth, Keramuddin Sheikh. The girl’s mother lodged a complaint with the Nalhati police station.
“It was nearly 8:30pm when I was returning home. He dragged me behind the bushes and clutched my mouth so that I couldn’t scream,” said the girl at her hospital bed.
She returned home in a critical condition. Villagers took her to the sub-divitional hospital late that night.
Villagers said that Keramat is the nephew of local Trinamul panchayat member Akibuddin Sheikh. He worked as a labourer in Mumbai. A few days ago he returned home.
“I heard of the incident and the complaint against my nephew. He is absconded since last night. Police must probe the incident,” said the panchayat member, Akibuddin.
“We are in search of the youth. He is still absconding. Police will take steps to arrest the youth as soon as possible,” said Mr Koteswar Rao, SDPO, Rampurhat.

Nine-year-old girl raped by 14-year-old kin: A nine-year-old girl was raped by her 14-year-old kin in a Burdwan town this afternoon.
The accused was roughed up by the neighbours and was hospitalised with internal wounds. The girl was playing with her sister in her house in a locality of Burdwan when the 14-year-old boy took the victim in a room and allegedly raped her. The victim’s aunt entered the room by chance and witnessed the act.
She started screaming and locked the boy into the room and rescued the victim. The locals thrashed the boy. The wounded boy was taken to the Burdwan medical College & Hospital by police where the girl was also taken for the medical test. Police said that the youth has been arrested.
In another incident, in Kalna a class IX student caught an eve-teaser at her school’s gate and the accused was taken inside the school and was roughed up in the presence of teachers and students. Police rescued him and took him into custody.
Students of Mahismardini High School in Kalna town erupted after the youth who was waiting outside the school’s gate made urgly comments to a girl.
When no one came to her rescue, the girl herself started chasing the youth and caught him and dragged inside the school.
Local shop-owners, school students, teachers and staffs had gathered by then. He was roughed up and was handed over to police.