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Kangaroo court order and rape charge

Barasat, July 4: A homemaker was allegedly gang-raped by three youths inside a moving SUV in North 24-Parganas’ Bongaon last week and told at a kangaroo court not to approach police.

The woman, in her late 30s, lodged a police complaint last night. She alleged that she had been gang-raped on June 27 evening.

A police officer said that in her complaint, the woman, a mother of two whose husband works as a cook in Qatar, had named three local youths. No arrests have been made yet.

The woman said: “When I was walking towards an autorickshaw stand around 6pm on June 27, a local youth with his two associates pulled me into a Tata Sumo and sped away.”

She said the youths tied her hands and legs and took turns to rape her inside the moving vehicle. “I lost consciousness,” she said.

The officer said that when the woman came to, she found herself lying beside a road in a Nadia village, about 35km from her home.

The woman has alleged that at the kangaroo court, she had been assured that action would be taken against the youths. “But when the youths went missing two days ago, she decided to lodge the FIR,” a relative of the woman said.

The deputy chief of the Trinamul-led panchayat in the area denied the charge that a salishi was held, but spoke of a “village tradition” of “sitting together” to discuss “serious matters”.

“We did not hold a salishi. We have a village tradition of sitting together and exchanging opinion on serious matters when one seeks our help. But none of us told the woman to refrain from approaching the police,” the panchayat deputy chief said.

Minister Jyotipriya Mullick, the president of the Trinamul unit in North 24-Parganas, said: “There was no salishi and no one stopped her from going to the police.”