The victim at the SSP’s office on Tuesday. (Animesh Sengupta)
A 21-year-old woman from Musabani on Tuesday approached the office of East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police for protection from her married boyfriend, who allegedly was sending goons to her house, and action against the district women’s grievance cell for refusing to register her case.
Trouble started brewing between this former student of Graduate School College for Women and Musabani youth Shiv Kumar Mahali, an agent for ICICI Bank, when the former found out this March that despite their “affair and physical relationship since 2008”, he had married someone else in 2012. On April 4, the woman had lodged a written complaint against Shiv at district women’s grievance cell, Sakchi, accusing him of sexually exploiting her.
Its in-charge, inspector M. Guria, summoned Shiv and his family on April 6 for a face-to-face interaction with the girl. Shiv turned up with his mother and wife, while the woman came alone.
During the course of the meeting, Shiv said he would “keep the complainant as doosri aurat (second wife)”, to which his mother also apparently agreed. The woman, however, spurned this offer and said she would consider his offer “only if he drove his wife out”.
The woman on Tuesday, in a written petition addressed to SSP Akhilesh Kumar Jha, stated that since that day, Shiv — who allegedly enjoys Ajsu support — was sending goons to terrorise her into withdrawing her complaint. She also accused Guria of advocating a patch-up and of not taking her complaint seriously. Jha was out of office.
Then, the woman narrated her plight before newsmen. She said her love affair with Shiv started in 2008, when as a student of Graduate School College for Women in Sakchi, she would often bump into Shiv at Tatanagar station.
“Initially, we were friends, but the relationship became physical. Shiv promised to marry me. For the next three years, he continued to exploit me by repeating that promise. This March, I came to know he had married a girl in 2012 and kept me in the dark. His betrayal prompted my step against him,” she said.
She told The Telegraph that she did not want to involve her parents in the matter as she was an adult. Her father is a railway employee, she added.
“I also demand to know how can the cell in-charge (Guria) ask me to live with Shiv like his wife even though he is married,” the woman said.
Before coming to the SSP’s office, the woman had approached city-based NGO Mother Teresa Welfare Trust in Kharangajhar. The outfit’s chairperson Harpal Singh accompanied the woman to the SSP’s office.
Guria, on her part, denied she had refused to register the woman’s case. “I only asked the girl to bring her parents to the cell. I wanted to make sure the girl’s parents were aware of her affair and break-up,” she claimed. But Guria also admitted she had tried to convince the woman to live with Shiv as his wife.