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Railway woman alleges gang-rape by co-workers in Chitpur yard, Bengal seeks report

Calcutta, July 26 (PTI) : A woman working with Indian Railways alleged Saturday that four co-workers had gang-raped her for days together at the Chitpur yard and threatened to upload photographs on the Internet if she told anyone about it, police said.

“We have received a complaint. We have started the investigation. We are on lookout for the four accused. But all of them are absconding,” the officer in charge of the Dum Dum Government Railway Police, Apurba Chakraborty, told PTI.

The victim, a middle-aged married woman, told a TV channel here that the four of her co-workers gang-raped her for days together inside the rail yard.

”They also threatened to upload those photographs in the internet and even kill me if I opened my mouth”, she alleged.

She said she had lodged an first-information report with the Dumdum GRP on Friday.

The victim said that she got a job in the railways after the death of her husband in the Gyaneshwari train accident in 2010.

The victim, who later on remarried, said the co-workers had asked her to divorce her husband. “Their atrocity continued even after I got pregnant”, she alleged and said her husband had attempted suicide when she revealed this to him.

”But I took him to hospital and saved his life,” she said.

Meanwhile, the state women welfare department sought a report from the Dum Dum GRP, under whose jurisdiction the incident has happened.

State women welfare Minister Shashi Panja told PTI that she had instructed the GRP to look into the case and submit a report of the investigation to her department.

The state women commission has taken a suo moto cognizance of the gang-rape and asked Indian Railways to submit a report on it within 15 days.

”We have taken a suo moto cognizance in this case and have asked the railways department to submit a report about the incident within the next 15 days,” state Women Commission chairperson Sunanda Goswami told PTI.


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